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Archaeology “proves” there was no “First or Second Temple” and Jews were only visitors in Jerusalem

Headline: “The (Israeli Arab) Al-Aqsa Institute [for Islamic Trusts and Heritage] rejects these tales and emphasizes that the place is Islamic and Arab – The [Israeli] Antiquities Authority claims archaeological finds from the imaginary Temple have been discovered in the Al-Aqsa area”
“In an announcement published yesterday [June 28, 2013] the [Israeli Arab] Al-Aqsa Institute for Islamic Trusts and Heritage rejected claims of an expert from the so-called ‘Israeli Antiquities Authority.’ [The expert] said that archaeological finds such as stones, jewelry and seals have been discovered in the area of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and claimed that they are Hebrew ‘archaeological finds’ from what he falsely called the First and Second Temple periods.
The Institute warned against these lies and myths and said that they are figments of imagination. It stated that international and even Israeli archaeologists have proven through extensive, scientific and objective excavations and searches that there are no signs or remnants indicating the existence of a First or Second Temple in the area and surroundings of the Al-Aqsa Mosque or in the city of Jerusalem. It emphasized that the Canaanite Arabs were the first to settle and build Jerusalem. They named it Jebus and lived there uninterruptedly for thousands of years. [The Al-Aqsa Institute added that] the Islamic period in Jerusalem lasted for 14 centuries, and as to the Hebrews or ‘Jews’ – for years they lived there only as passersby.
The Al-Aqsa Institute noted that the Israeli occupation and its branches, specifically the ‘Antiquities Authority’ sponsor campaigns of manifestos, media campaigns and the dissemination of information about the existence of ‘archaeological finds’ throughout Jerusalem, specifically near the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. This is a feverish attempt to invent an imaginary Hebrew history in Jerusalem… by spreading myths and false tales about an alleged temple that stood in the place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, or beneath it, for the purpose of actualizing their aspirations and destroying it [Al-Aqsa].”

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