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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Live video blog of Temple Mount construction?

At Pajamas Media, Allison Kaplan Sommer reports that the Israel Antiquities Authority is considering setting up a webcam at the construction site below the Temple Mount at the Mughrabi Gate where they are trying to repair a ramp that collapsed in a snowstorm in 2004:

On Thursday, MK Yisrael Hasson proposed that live cameras be set up around the controversial construction, and that every move made, every spade dug, would be recorded on camera in real time and broadcast live on the Internet.

He got the idea to video blog the excavations from reality TV – it could be the Big Brother of controversial construction projects. If Israel let the world see what they were doing 24/7, if the work were completely “transparent” and it was crystal clear that it wasn’t going remotely near any Moslem holy site, he reasoned, it could quell the furor being stoked by Islamic radicals around the world.

His idea, which the Israel Antiquities Authority says it is considering, is a sign of Israeli desperation after explaining three points over and over again until they are blue in the face.

1. They are merely trying to renovate a damaged entrance ramp that collapsed in a snowstorm in 2004, they are not building anything new.

2. They are excavating at the construction site because excavation is required by law in a place where any digging can turn up antiquities

3. The site is completely in the Jewish quarter in the Old City, and not a spade will come near the al-Aqsa mosque.

Nice try, but even if every construction worker hired for the excavation were a certified imam, today’s riots on the Mount, and the other protests around Israel and the world would have occurred.

I agree that we would not avoid the protests, but I think we could avoid some of the criticism from non-Muslims. I mean what's the choice - to let the Temple Mount collapse? For those who want to see lots of pictures of yesterday's 'day of rage,' you can find them here.


At 7:31 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Carl they want the gate to fall so no Jew will get the mount with out going through the wafq
BTW I havent heard from you in a long time

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Carl, points 1, 2, and 3, from the Antiquities Authority, are not relevant to the Arab/muslims. They are just manufacturing another pretext for a pali proxy terrorist war against Israel, as with Sharon's visit in 2000.

At 4:14 PM, Blogger Michael said...

oh, and, Carl, pls note my change of blog address...


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