INTRODUCTION: Israeli archeologists have resumed work (6 September) on a site in Jerusalem after a ruling by the Supreme court (4 September).The archeologists went to the court after orthodox Jews had tried to stop the digging on the site which they say is too sacred to be excavated.
GV Diggers at work on site. (4 SHOTS)
GV Members of the ultra religious Netorei Karta sect arriving on site.
SV Protesters reciting prayers. (2 SHOTS)
SV Security police stand by.
CU Demonstrators at prayer with police on horseback in foreground. (2 SHOTS)
GV Entrance to tunnel alongside Western Wall.
CU ZOOM TO Photograph of the tunnel in newspaper.
SV INTERIOR Jews being forcibly removed from tunnel by police. (2 SHOTS)
SV Security police leaving tunnel.
GV Security police and visitors leaving entrance to tunnel by Western Wall.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Israeli archeologists have resumed work (6 September) on a site in Jerusalem after a ruling by the Supreme court (4 September).The archeologists went to the court after orthodox Jews had tried to stop the digging on the site which they say is too sacred to be excavated.
SYNOPSIS: The diggers have gone back to work on the site known as Area G in the City of David.The Supreme Court sat for three hours in making its decision.The delay means the dig will now be extended by two weeks.
The objections to the dig had come from the ultra orthodox Netorei Karta sect who claimed the archeologists were desecrating an ancient Jewish cemetery.
When they arrived at the site the group prayed for the ending of the archeological work.The original banning order had come from Education Minister Zevulum Hammer.
Security police stood by in the event of any further trouble of the type which marked protests before the banning order was served.
The disputed site is close by the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
The tunnel is under The Temple Mount which has been regarded as being under Muslim control since 1967.
Orthodox Jews tried to occupy the tunnel to stop excavations because they say the tunnel is part of a Jewish Cemetery.Israel's Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren says he is quite certain there was a cemetery on the site.
There has been fierce controversy in Israel that the order forbidding work was issued not for religious reason but for political ones.Claims have been made that the order of the education minister was made for political reasons and not on archeological grounds.