• Short Summary

    FOURTEEN ARAB DWELLINGS SITUATED JUST SOUTH OF THE WAILING WALL IN JERUSALEM WERE DEMOLISHED YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) ON THE ORDER OF MAJOR TEEDY KOLLEK.

  • Description


    WAILING WALL AND BULLDOZER WORKING; POLICEMAN; SOLDIER; SECTION OF BUILDING COLLAPSES; CHILDREN LOOK ON.




    Initials JH/VS/JF/ES



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    Background: FOURTEEN ARAB DWELLINGS SITUATED JUST SOUTH OF THE WAILING WALL IN JERUSALEM WERE DEMOLISHED YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) ON THE ORDER OF MAJOR TEEDY KOLLEK. MR KOLLEK GAVE THE ORDER ON THE ADVICE OF THE CITY'S ENGINEER.

    THE BUILDINGS BEING DEMOLISHED BELONGED TO A PROMINENT EAST JERUSALEM FAMILY, THE ABU SAUDS. A SPOKESMAN OF THE MINISTRY OF RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS, WHICH CARRIED OUT THE DEMOLITION, SAID THE ABU SAUD FAMILY HAD BEEN PROMISED COMPENSATION, BUT HAD REFUSED THE OFFER. MOST OF THE FORMER TENANTS LEFT AFTER THE HOUSES WERE CONDEMNED IN MAY.

    MR KOLLEK TOLD REPORTERS THAT HIS ENGINEER HAD FOUND THE BUILDINGS UNSAFE FOR HABITATION.

    THE MINISTRY OF RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS CARRIED OUT THE DEMOLITION IN THE HOPE OF FINDING AN EXTENSION OF THE ORIGINAL WAILING WALL BEHIND THE BUILDINGS. THE WAILING WALL IS THE WESTERN WALL OF THE ANCIENT TEMPLE OF KING SOLOMON AND ARCHAEOLOGISTS ALSO WANT TO DETERMINE THE ORIGINAL DIMENSIONS OF THE TEMPLE.

    WHILE THE DEMOLITION WAS IN PROGRESS, TWO REPORTERS WERE SAID TO HAVE BEEN MANHANDLED BY ISRAELI OFFICIALS WHEN THEY WENT TO SEE THE WORK. IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE ISRAELIS REFUSED TO TAKE ANY NOTICE OF FOREIGN PRESS CARDS PRODUCED BY THE CORRESPONDENTS, ONE OF WHOM WAS ENGLISH AND THE OTHER AMERICAN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF6LFEXSZBBP70MY12ORKTBI9
    Media URN:
    VLVAF6LFEXSZBBP70MY12ORKTBI9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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