The prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has announced a series of upcoming events to celebrate the so-called “Golden jubilee of Jerusalem’s re-unification”, which marks the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem.
For her part, Israel’s minister of culture, Miri Regev, revealed that “an old newly-discovered tunnel” stretching from the south of the Old City in Silwan to al-Aqsa Mosque will be opened in conjunction with the launch of the golden jubilee’s events in the Hanukkah, or the Jewish Festival of Lights.
Both Netanyahu and Regev attacked the UNESCO for its latest statement which confirms that there is no relation between Israel and Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque. Netanyahu claimed, “The Jews have ties with the entire land of Palestine and not only Jerusalem.”
In the Israeli government’s weakly statement, Netanyahu said, “Jerusalem is Israel’s vibrant capital and it is being reconstructed.” He also added, “The 50th anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem is a great event in the Jewish and Israeli history that will be properly celebrated.”
Regev said that the Ministry of Culture in cooperation with the Antiquities Authority will inaugurate during Hanukkah festival one of Jerusalem’s old streets where the Maccabees used to walk two thousand years ago.
She added that she considers the project of discovering the antiquities of the Old City and continuing the excavation works there as an important national project for Israel in general and the Ministry of Culture and Sports in particular.
The right-wing extremist minister pointed out that the excavation works led to finding a coin belonging to the series of currencies that had been minted between 66 and 70 AD. She claimed that Hebrew letters were engraved on one side of the coin saying “Liberty of Zion “.
(Source / 13.12.2016)