ISRAELI FORCES DEMOLISH ISLAMIC BUILDING
Israeli bulldozers have started demolishing parts of the Supreme Islamic Council building near Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The Al-Aqsa Foundation has reported that the Israelis began bulldozing parts of the southern and western facade and several internal rooms of the building, located dozens of meters from the Al-Buraq wall near Jaffa Gate in the Old City of East Jerusalem.
Adjacent to the building the Israelis are constructing apartments in the "modern Western style, with architectural features in disharmony with the Arab-Islamic architecture," the foundation said.
During its monitoring of the process, the foundation found that in addition to external damage, most of the inside the Supreme Islamic Council building had been destroyed, with interior walls knocked down.
With regard to Islamic heritage in the Old City, the Al-Aqsa Foundation says, "They fall under the ferocious war perpetrated by the Israeli institutions in the frantic pursuit to Judaize Jerusalem and obliterate all Arab and Islamic features, ignoring history and the Arab and Islamic civilization."
The Israelis seized the Palestinian building under its own "absentee (Palestinian refugees) property" law since 59 years. As part of the project to engulf the western area of Jerusalem's Old City overlooking Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Israelis sold the building to an American Jew to convert it into luxury apartments.