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December 29, 1999

1999 Light to the Nations, Rabbi Chaim Richman - All Rights Reserved

Attention Dear Readers! In the light of the outrages of archeological destruction now being committed by the Moslem Wakf on the Temple Mount, and the bizarre and contemptuous reactions that this action has elicited from the official echelons, I ask you to please bear with me, and consider the following article which appeared in yesterday's Jerusalem Post:

THE JERUSALEM POST Tuesday, December 28 1999 09:13

Anger reverberates over destruction of prehistoric site By David Rudge

HAIFA (DECEMBER 28) - Archeologists are seething over the destruction of what they describe as one of the world's most important prehistoric sites - dating back 750,000 years - because of work on deepening the upper reaches of the Jordan River.

Prof. Na'ama Goren-Inbar, of the Hebrew University's Department of Prehistoric Archeology, yesterday sent letters of protest to the ministers of national infrastructure, agriculture, science, and environment. She called on them to take action against the Kinneret Drainage Authority, which was responsible for "causing irreparable damage" to the site, north of the Bnot Ya'acov Bridge.

The Antiquities Authority has lodged a complaint with the police over what northern region director Dr. Zvika Gal called "an act of vandalism." Nazareth Magistrate's Court has issued an injunction banning any further work at the site pending a full hearing in two weeks.

The drainage authority accused the Antiquities Authority of holding up work to prevent flooding of the Hula Valley which it was empowered by law to carry out. The Antiquities Authority, however, said the drainage authority had been told to apply to an arbitration committee to decide which of the two statutory bodies had the higher authority, or failing that allow the attorney-general to determine the matter.

"Instead of adopting either of these options, the director of the Kinneret Drainage Authority took the law into his own hands," a senior Antiquities Authority said yesterday.

Goren-Inbar maintained that the prehistoric site had been declared a protected area under the Antiquities Law, which bans work from being carried out there.

"This is an extremely important site. It reflects affinities with the African cultural sequence of the early hominids, specifically of homo erectus, the predecessor of homo sapiens," she said. "It gives us information, in the form of archeological data, of the move out of Africa and the process of colonization of the Old World beyond the African continent.

"There are very few sites like this in the world, which demonstrate the technological and cultural abilities of the hominids in the form of stone artifacts. The large collection of fossilized bones of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as fossil remains of trees, seeds, and fruits, also gives us a picture of the environment in this part of the ancient world.

"We know, as a result of these finds, what the landscape looked like, the kind of fauna and flora that existed there, and even indications of what the climate was like then. To understand our climate today, we have to look back because the past is the key to the present. We have also learned about the behavior of the people of the time and their abilities.

"This is all part of our cultural heritage, and this is why 24 different researches involving scientists from all over the world have been taking place at this site. That's how important the site is, and this is why we are so upset," Goren-Inbar added.


And there you have it, dear readers. Examine the article: Regarding this "pre-historic" site, archeologists are "seething." Letters of protest have been sent out to the proper authorities over action which has caused "irreparable damage;" a complaint has been lodged with the police over this "act of vandalism."

These are the very terms we have used to describe the outrageous, outright and purposeful destruction of remnants from the Holy Temple. Yet when it comes to the Temple Mount, and the most important and sacred antiquities on the face of the earth, there seems to be a different set of rules in effect...after all, it is only the Holy Temple of the One G-d of Israel, chosen location for the Divine Presence, and the spiritual center of the Jewish people...and all humanity.

"Goren-Inbar maintained that the prehistoric site had been declared a protected area under the Antiquities Law, which bans work from being carried out there." Is there no law protecting the Temple Mount? The simple answer is "no."

Concerning the "affinities with the African cultural sequence of the early hominids...", the Professor said that "there are very few sites like this in the world." Of course, as we know, there is only one place on earth that G-d chose to rest His presence and make Himself known to mankind: the Temple Mount.

The professor is quoted above as stating "this is all part of our cultural heritage." But perhaps her most important statement was this one:

"...we have to look back because the past is the key to the present."


Rabbi Chaim Richman