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Israeli scheme to build on Buraq Wall area
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Gaza, ALRAY - The Israeli District Committee for Planning and Construction in Jerusalem held a crucial session on Wednesday to discuss an old scheme to establish building along the outskirts of Buraq Wall(Western Wall).

According to the scheme, the building will be built on an archaeological sites along  with parts of  Buraq Wall area which will be lotted for offices and halls of the so-called “Wall Legacy Fund”. 

The scheme was approved by the Israeli municipality and the committee in 2010.

It was supported by mayor of the municipality Nir Barakat, but infuriated the Jewish quarter, archeologists and engineers as the construction will be on the ruins of historic excavations, Maariv Daily Newspaper reported.

The newspaper pointed out that the central claim of the opponents is that the building will change the nature of the neighborhood and Wall, in addition it will affect the excavations carried out by Israeli occupation associations in the place.

Attorney Gilad Bren’, the representative of the Jewish quarter, stated, “it is  a sacred place and those in charge of such projects should deal with them  carefully.”   

Buraq wall, formerly referred to as the ‘Wailing Wall’ and now more commonly known as the ‘Western Wall’ is the most sacred place for Jews who believe it to be the only surviving structure of the Herodian temple. For Muslims it is known as the Buraq Wall, for on the other side is where the Prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) tied the Buraq, the winged riding animal upon which he rode during the Night of Ascension.

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