Palestinian prof. said the Israeli excavations in Quds are aimed at obliterating the Arab and Palestinian history in the city.
Professor of History and Archeology at Al-Quds University and Director of Tourism and Antiquities in al-Awqaf Department, Yousuf al-Natsheh, said on Monday that the Israeli excavations in the occupied al-Quds ('Jerusalem') were aimed at obliterating the Arab and Palestinian history in the city.
Natsheh added during a speech at a conference held on Monday (22/5/2017) to mark the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Quds that the Israeli excavations are aimed at preparing for the construction of the third alleged temple in the place of al-Aqsa Mosque, uncovering the remains of the first or the second temple and the extension of the Buraq Wall, and proving Israel's right in Palestine.
Natsheh affirmed that these excavations will lead to distorting and obliterating the Arab and Islamic heritage in Quds especially in the Old City, according to PIC.
He pointed out that Israel systematically names Quds' landmarks with biblical names without any clear evidence as if that gives it the right to own them.
He continued that since the fifties of the 20th century, archaeological exploration in Israel has become a national concern, and later in 1967 it became more linked to politics and used to explain and justify political positions resulting in dangerous political consequences.