The Pilgrimage Road Excavation, Which Has Already Uncovered Much about Jerusalem’s History, Is No Threat to Arab Jerusalemites or to the al-Aqsa Mosque

July 12 2019

On June 30, David Friedman, the American ambassador to Israel, participated in a ceremony inaugurating an archaeological dig into an ancient road used by pilgrims visiting the Second Temple in Roman times. A New York Times article on the subject credulously reported that “Palestinians in the crowded East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan have complained that the walls of their homes were settling and cracking” because of prior excavations. This accusation has little basis, writes Nadav Shragai:

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More about: Ancient Israel, Archaeology, Jerusalem, New York Times, Palestinians

Hizballah Bears Responsibility for the Beirut Blast

According to the Lebanese government, the explosion in its capital city on Tuesday that left over 100 dead and many more injured or homeless was caused by the accidental detonation of some 2,750 of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer often used for making bombs. (Less than one-thousandth of that amount was used by Timothy McVeigh to destroy the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995.) Previously, police have discovered Hizballah warehouses in London and Germany storing many tons of the same explosive. Hussein Ibish comments:

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More about: Hizballah, Lebanon