The Israeli Archaeology Council has warned that the government’s plans to build a second Reform prayer space at the southern end of the Kosel will irrevocably ruin the finds in the area of the Southern Wall Archaeological Gardens and Robinson’s Arch, Ari Yashar reports for Arutz Sheva.
In a letter sent to Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, Culture Minister Miri Regev (Likud), and Executive Director of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) Israel Hasson, the Archaeology Council warned the link to Jewish history will be ruined by construction of a new large prayer platform over the Southern Wall excavations. They demanded that the government stop its plans to build the so-called egalitarian prayer space at the important historical site.
Noting the value of the site, they said that “this site is of paramount importance to the heritage of the Jewish people, and to the world. Saving the ruins is the utmost archaeological, public, educational and cultural obligation.” Read more at Arutz Sheva.