Biblical Archaeology Review 17:5, September/October 1991

The Temple Mount in Court

Will Israel’s supreme court prevent the destruction of ancient remains?

By Stephen J. Adler

The question of Israel’s responsibility to prevent the destruction of ancient remains on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is now before Israel’s Supreme Court. The case demands a difficult and complex balancing of Muslim rights to administer and control the Temple Mount, on the one hand, and the Israel government’s obligation to enforce laws regarding the protection of archaeological sites, on the other.

Needless to say, in the political and religious cauldron that is the Middle East, other ramifications not strictly legal roil about the fringes of the case.

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