Voice of the people

By Alyssa A. Lappen
Chicago Tribune | Mar 10, 2001. pg. 24

Some years ago, when Jewish archaeologists opened an entrance to a passageway near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a huge outcry from Palestinian Arabs led to considerable coverage in your paper.

Yet for nearly a year, the Muslim Wafq controlling the Temple Mount in Jerusalem has been digging both on and under the holiest site in Jerusalem without so much as a word from the news columns in your publication.

The Wafq plan is to build several more mosques on and under the Temple Mount, which would summarily delete Jewish history and presence at this holy site.

Already Jewish prayer is entirely prohibited.

The Waqf has carted more than 1,500 tons of earth to the Kidron dumps, including priceless Second Temple artifacts.

While giving enormous play to Taliban destruction of 3rd and 5th Century Buddhas, you ignore the destruction, since last May, of Judaism’s holiest site.

This is not only a Jewish issue, just as the Buddhas are not only a Buddhist issue.

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Alyssa A. Lappen is a U.S.-based investigative journalist. She is the former Managing Editor at the Leeb Group (2012-2017); a former Senior Fellow of the American Center for Democracy (2005-2008); and a former Senior Editor of Institutional Investor (1993-1999), Working Woman (1991-1993) and Corporate Finance (1991). She served six of her 12 years at Forbes (1978-1990) as an Associate Editor. Ms. Lappen was also a staff reporter at The New Haven Register (1975-1977). During a decade as a freelance, her work appeared in Big Peace, Pajamas Media, Front Page Magazine, American Thinker, Right Side News, Family Security Matters, the Washington Times and many other Internet and print journals. Ms. Lappen also contributed to the Terror Finance Blog, among others. She supports the right of journalists worldwide to write without fear or restriction on politics, governments, international affairs, terrorism, terror financing and religious support for terrorism, among other subjects. Ms. Lappen is also an accomplished poet. Her first full-length collection, The Minstrel's Song, was published by Cross-Cultural Communications in April 2015. Her poems have been published in the 2nd 2007 edition of Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust and both 2007 issues of Wales' award-winning Seventh Quarry: Swansea Poetry Magazine. Dozens of her poems have appeared in print and online literary journals and books. She won the 2000 annual Ruah: A Journal of Spiritual Poetry chapbook award and has received a Harvard Summer Poetry Prize and several honorable mentions.

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