Sunday, November 18, 2007
"17/11/2007 The Turkish envoy that visited occupied al-Quds in March to inspect the excavations at the Mughrabi Gate outside of the Temple Mount has concluded that the work is destroying artifacts from different Muslim historical periods, and called on Israel to coordinate their activities with the Palestinians and the international community, the Turkish newspaper A-Zamaan reported on Saturday.
"The work being conducted by Israel does not abide by the appropriate [excavation standards], and the dig testifies to the fact that Israel is interested in destroying artifacts from the Islamic periods," the report quotes the envoy as saying. "It is Israel's responsibility to cease their work immediate," the envoy concluded.
The report also criticized Israel for not having conducted dialogue with the Waqf department in occupied al-Quds in the past seven years.
The seven-person Turkish technical team conducted their inspections in March; one month after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested the idea to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during Olmert's visit to Ankara. According to A-Zamaan, the envoy finished writing their report in July, but the Turkish government decided against publishing it out of concerns it would harm Turkish-Israeli relations."