The Mugrabi Gate Access Ramp: A Troubling Development in the Old City

On February 14, 2004, torrential rains led to the collapse of the earthwork ramp that has been connecting the Western Wall compound to the Mugrabi Gate since 1967. The Israeli authorities faced the dilemma of how to restore access to the Mugrabi Gate, given the deep sensitivities that exist with respect to changes in the status quo in this area.