18 July 2018

The Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, warned Tuesday that Israeli archaeological excavations near Masjid al-Aqsa were “catastrophic” and aimed at “changing the identity” of the city.

The mufti said  Israel was carrying out excavation works at the Umayyad palaces, under the northern part of the Islamic Museum at the Mosque.

Sheikh Hussein said in a statement that he expected the excavations work to undermine and destroy Islamic structures located in the whole area. Israel’s goal, he claimed, was to “Judaize” the historic site and all of Jerusalem.