JERUSALEM, Israel -- A Palestinian Authority documentary aired recently promises that the Jewish presence at the Western Wall will be a thing of the past before long, the Palestinian Media Watch reported.
The Palestinian Authority plans to build an Arab neighborhood in the area in front of the Kotel -- the Western Wall -- known as the Western Wall Plaza.
This site -- where Jews pray daily -- is actually the retaining wall and sole vestige of the Second Jewish Temple, which stood on the Temple Mount until 70 AD, when the Roman Army destroyed it.
The documentary refers to Jewish history as "their false history." Click here to view a short video clip.
"They [Israelis] know for certain that our [Palestinian Arab] roots are deeper than their false history," the narrator begins.
"We -- from the balcony of our home [in the Muslim Quarter] -- look out over [Islamic] holiness and on sin and filth [Jews praying at the Kotel] in an area that used to have [Arab] people and homes," the narrator continues.
"We are drawing our new maps. When they [Israelis] disappear from the picture -- like a forgotten chapter in the pages of our city's history, we will build it anew. The Mughrabi Quarter will be built here [on the Western Wall Plaza]," the narrator promises.
Before Jerusalem was reunited under Israeli sovereignty following the 1967 Six Day War, the area in front of the Kotel was little more than a garbage dump, strewn with refuse.
After the 1948 War of Independence, Jordanian troops destroyed the Jewish Quarter in the Old City -- desecrating and burning down 58 synagogues and expelling Jewish residents. The Arabs also ransacked the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, smashing some tombstones and using others for building material or latrines in their army camps.
During the Jordanian occupation, Jews were denied access to the Kotel and the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.