BAR 36:05, Sep/Oct 2010
First Person: Temple Mount Repairs Leave Eyesores
Two unsightly scaffolds hang from the walls of the Temple Mount, one on the southern wall and a second on the eastern wall. The question is whether they will be there forever.
Worse things have happened in Jerusalem. An old wooden ladder sits above the entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It has been there for more than 200 years and cannot be moved because of warring factions of priests with jurisdiction in the church.a
The story of the hanging scaffolds goes back to the early years of the 21st century, when dangerous bulges appeared in the southern and eastern walls of the Temple Mount threatening …