Silwan is the name given to the area after arab marauders in 1929 massacred the Jewish Yemenites who built their homes there. The city of David where the excavation is confirms the ancient Israel presence and the connection of the area to the adjacent Temple Mount. The dig is a very important link to the Biblical connection of Israel to the area. The Palestinians do everything they can to prevent this evidence from coming to light.
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