A museum, a hall and a tunnels network underneath the neighborhood of “Ein Um Al-Daraj” in Silwan
February 18, 2015

One member in the committee for protecting lands and property in Silwan, Fakhri Au Dia, said that the occupation authorities have dug a series of excavations underneath the neighborhood of “Ein Um Al-Daraj” that include a museum and a hall with a total area of 2000 square meters. Museum Abu Diab added that the 1500-square meters museum contains traces of pottery and stones from Romania, Byzantine and Islamic periods and previous periods and were professionally and accurately treated to falsify them and give them the Jewish character to show that they are from the Jewish civilization and the era of "the First Temple and the Second Temple" as they claim and thus obliterate any indication that it was one of the Arab civilization. He also explained that some of the stones and monuments inside the museum were brought from multiple locations in the Palestinian territories, pointing out that some of the stones are from the "Umayyad palaces" and were treated in a certain way and ancient Hebrew letters engraved on them. The Hall The 500-square meters hall has writing on its entrance that says “this land is the historical home of the Jews” and Abu Diab explained that the hall is designated to promote the Jewish novel. Big stones were placed and misleading information was written on them such as: “This is where the official sites, management and government offices in the era of the kingdom of David were and here were the priests of the temple administration and Temple servants.” Abu Diab added: “The walls had writings on them that say this is the center of the Jewish state civilization and this is where the establishment of Yerushalim started until the invaders came and displaced the Jews and damaged their civilization. They are now bringing back their glory and correcting the mistakes that forced to leave the lands that God granted and promised them”. Corridors and Tunnels After the hall and towards the southwest, there are corridors and tunnels that talk about the era in which they claim they were living in this area (2000-3000 B.C), and the walls are filled with writings and paintings as well as some old tools in order to give visitors the feeling of living the real Jewish history and culture. Abu Diab added: “there is a room after several corridors and tunnels which seem to be the center that operates the tunnels network that go north towards Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dung Gate and towards Ein Silwan.” He pointed out that the tunnels’ center is closed by many doors and surveillance cameras are everywhere to protect this place. An overview to the settlement project Wadi Hilweh Information Center talked in February 2014 about the occupation authorities’ intent to implement this project under the name of “Tourism Center in Ma’yan Hagionl” in the national park “City of David” (Al-Ein project). The center explained that “Beit Al-Ein” is a continuation to the “Kedem” project that is projected to be built at the entrance of the neighbourhood which is the area identified by the occupation authorities as the “National Park around the walls of Jerusalem.”The project was to be implemented under the pretext of “development and revealing an archaeological site, and maintaining and improving it”. It is noteworthy that the tunnels in the neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh will be used to connect the two projects underneath the neighborhood. The center explained that 22 families lives on the 5-Dunom land that is affected by Al-Ein project which is being implemented by the occupation authorities despite the submission of the necessary objections. Wadi Hilweh Center also added that large landslides and cracks inside the house have been showing lately in the area of “Um Al-Daraj” and the neighboring areas due to the continuous Israeli excavations underneath the neighborhood.

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