Jerusalem Fatah branch repeats libel that Israel plans on destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque
Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency - Jan. 3, 2017

 
Headline: “Jerusalem branch [of Fatah]: The tunnels are a danger that surrounds the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

“The Jerusalem branch of the Fatah Movement today [Jan. 3, 2017] warned in a statement against the danger that surrounds the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular and the Old City [of Jerusalem] in general, and also against the danger of their imminent collapse.
This was said after the exposure of networks of tunnels that were opened (a reference to the “Pilgrims’ Path,” see note below –Ed.), other [tunnels] under the Al-Aqsa Mosque that have been used, and additional [tunnels] that connect between Wadi Hilweh, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) plaza.
Fatah Jerusalem Branch Secretary Adnan Ghaith said that these steps by the extremist occupation government and the non-profit organizations of the settlement enterprise are liable to lead to a tightening of the blockade on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its encirclement from all directions, as part of their feverish efforts to destroy it and establish the alleged Temple on its ruins.
Ghaith emphasized that the continuation of the excavations weakens the foundations of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and causes collapses, cracks in homes, and fissures in walls in the Old City and the Wadi Hilweh region.”

On Dec. 27, 2016, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism unveiled the “Pilgrims’ Path,” an unearthed ancient road under the main road of the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem that was excavated by the Ir David Foundation and the Israel Antiquities Authority. The “Pilgrims’ Path” was the main road of Jerusalem during the late Second Temple Period approximately 2,000 years ago, and led from the Siloam Pool to the Temple Mount.