A specialist in Jerusalem's history, Khalil Ibrahim, has claimed that the Israeli authorities built three new Jewish synagogues to practice biblical prayers, including chambers to host women's prayers, inside the tunnels that are scattered beneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Ibrahim, who also works as a tour guide, told Palestine Online: "We only saw these synagogues during our tours; otherwise we would not have known anything about them. They were built quietly under the ground. These synagogues are an extension of other religious sites that Israel is building in occupied Jerusalem, especially around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to impose new realities on the ground. The constructions have political backing in an effort to Judaise the city."
Ibrahim explained that the Israeli government aims to encircle the Al-Aqsa Mosque with a belt of settlements and structures that carry alleged religious titles, including synagogues.
Ibrahim also revealed that: "inside these synagogues, the Jews are using Psalms to model and demonstrate the Temple's structure under the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Other facilities including schools, libraries and synagogues are being built in an attempt to undermine and erase the Islamic and Arab heritage in the holy city and to construct a Jewish heritage in its place."