Bible and archaeology news
The Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Committee approved this week a plan to build a new visitor center above the ongoing Givati parking lot excavations within the existing City of David archaeological park. The center, which will be built on stilts to protect and provide visitor access to the excavations below, will include an exhibition hall, classroom space and a rooftop observatory, as well as parking for the City of David complex. “The plan is an example of outstanding architecture that will contribute to the development of the national park and create public space that befits the location within the site and the city,” said Israel’s Ministry of Interior in a statement. After the plan was approved, the Israel Nature and Parks authority razed a Palestinian community center at the building site that included a playground, community center and café.
Sign up to receive our email newsletter and never miss an update.
Dig into the illuminating world of the Bible with a BAS All-Access membership. Combine a one-year tablet and print subscription to BAR with membership in the BAS Library to start your journey into the ancient past today!Subscribe Today
Your news item states: “…the Israel Nature and Parks authority razed a Palestinian community center AT the building site…” (my emphasis). This is absolutely NOT the case. The location of the demolition was about 300 feet distant from the Givati site, down the street to the south. One must look for another rationale for this mean-spirited act of destruction. The community center facilities were part of a recently opened but still unfinished (and mostly US-funded) project of the Middle East Children’s Alliance. Look it up.
TOM POWERS / Jerusalem