New Israeli excavations in Wadi al-Hilwa 19Oct11 October 19, 2011

The Palestinian Information Centre  -  17 October 2011

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage (AFEH) said that Elad settler organisation started new excavations in Wadi al-Helwa neighbourhood of Silwan to the south of the Aqsa Mosqu in occupied Jerusalem with a plan to take over an old well and Judaize it.

The well is planned to become part of the tunnel network that is being dug under the Aqsa Mosque and around it. The excavations are managed by the Israeli antiquities authority.

AFEH said in a statement on Monday that these excavations are part of the occupation’s efforts to Judaize the areas surrounding the Aqsa Mosque through changing the Islamic and Arab features in the old city.

AFEH stressed that, Arabs whose history in Jerusalem goes back thousands of years, built many water wells and water-networks in the holy city and for the occupation to claim now that these historical wells are part of the Hebrew history is a fabrication of history. 

AFEH added that according to information available to the organisation that the occupation aims to take control of an old 7-meter deep well which has a 15 meter diameter at the bottom and to Judaize it using its “executive arms” such as Elad settler organisation. The occupation plans to give this well the name “Jeremiah well” and make it a Jewish religious tourist attraction.

Locals informed AFEH that there are three such wells in their area and that they hear and feel digging near their homes and that they are worried that such excavations might endanger the structures of their homes.

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