David M. Weinberg writes in the Jerusalem Post: Who’s destroying antiquities in Jerusalem? Hint: It isn't the Israelis.
There is little doubt that Palestinian authorities are conducting this assault on the Temple Mount so as to erase any vestige of archeological evidence for Jewish (and Christian) history.Cross-file under "Temple Mount Watch," but the article deals with much more than the Temple Mount.
Meanwhile, the new Egyptian Government continues to cover itself in glory:
Million Men to March in Cairo Against “Judaization” of JerusalemI don't begrudge the right of Hamas to organize peaceable demonstrations in Egypt, no matter how ridiculous the cause, but I do get the sense that the Egyptian Government is picking and choosing what it supports. And I'll take the "million" part with a grain of salt. Recent tangentially related posts are here and here.
Hamas announced Thursday that the new rulers of Egypt have given their blessing to a “million man march" against “Judaization” of Jerusalem.
By David Lev (Arutz Sheva)
First Publish: 11/17/2011, 3:20 PM
Hamas announced Thursday that the new rulers of Egypt – swept into power as a result of the “Arab Spring” rebellion – have given their blessing to a major demonstration to take place in Cairo next week. The “million man march” to be sponsored by Islamist groups a week from Friday will protest against the “Judaization” of Jerusalem.
The march will be led by no less than Ahmed a-Taib, Egypt's highest-ranking Islamic cleric and perhaps the most important in the entire Sunni Arab world. A-Taib, head of the Al-Azhar mosque, called the march “very important,” and worthy of the time of every Muslim who valued his religion. In recent weeks, a-Taib set up a special committee to prevent the progress of the “Zionist plan to Judaize Jerusalem.” The committee is expected to develop a platform that it will ask all individuals planning to run in Egypt's upcoming elections to support, committing them to using whatever resources are at their disposal to “defend the Al-Aqsa mosque” on the Temple Mount. A-Taib expects all politicians in Egypt – including Coptic Christians – to endorse the platform.
This relatively new line of protesting the "Judaization of Jerusalem," apparently inspired by the recent UNESCO recognition of Palestine, is a combination of Palestinian projection of their own attempts to de-Judaize the city with the principle of the Big Lie.
Background, comments, and more documentation are here.