The folk over at the Times of Israel have posted an article whereby the “Women of the Wall” have been provided with a platform upon which they can pray—not AT the “Western/Wailing Wall” but south of it and south of the ramp that leads into the Haram esh-Sharif (Temple Mount)—covering Benjamin Mazar’s and Ronny Reich’s excavations!$#@!
This gastly platform defaces the remains of one of the most significant excavations in Jerusalem performed by the late Benjamin Mazar and Ronny Reich. Remains from many periods are now covered by this ugly platform including some of the rubble from the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple in A.D. 70.
There is a shaded visitors area from where my students and I sit to “ooh and aah” at these archaeogical remains, but now with this repugnant platform—yuk!
The above photo shows the general area that is now defaced by the revolting platform. On the right are the massive stones of the “Herodian” wall of the wall that supported the huge 36 acre platform on which the Temple stood (actually this portion of the “Herodian wall” was built after A.D. 17 (Herod died in 4 B.C.).
The street in the center of the image was repaved by Herod Agrippa (A.D. 37–44). The shop entrances on the left are probably Herodian (or slightly later). The debris to the right of the people on the pavement are from the Roman destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70!
Confession: I used a Thesaurus to find as many words as I could find for Ugly! Yes, I am irritated!#$@!