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Jerusalem - 23 Headstones Smashed at Har Hazasim Cemetery

Published on: May 13, 2010 06:16 PM
By:  Ynet
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Jerusalem - In the shadow of harsh criticism from the state comptroller on the neglect of the Mount of Olives, 23 smashed headstones were discovered in the ancient cemetery.

“It is simply outrageous,” said Yehezkel, whose sister S. is buried in the cemetery, to Ynet.

The police said that a number of cases of vandalism and damage to be headstones have been incurred in recent months. As part of a wider investigation that has been launched into these incidents, a forensics patrol car arrived on the site in order to collect evidence that will help locate the perpetrators. Yehezkel is convinced that “young Arab boys from nearby villages” are responsible.

According to estimates, there are upwards of 60,000 graves in the 74-acre cemetery. For many years, the cemetery suffered from vandalism. Only in August 2005 did the police decide that an annual NIS 50 million (about $13 million) would be invested between the years 2006 to 2013 in the rehabilitation, development, and maintenance of the basin surrounding Jerusalem’s Old City, including the Mount of Olives.


The promises to reel in criminal activity on the site do not comfort the family of S., who is buried in the complex.

“They wander around there all the time, and the police could make it easy on themselves by installing security cameras, something we have been demanding for quite some time,” said Yehezkel. “The government knows how to make threats of coalition crises if a few graves are moved that could have Jews buried in them, while here there is a continual affront to the memory of Jews.”

The State Comptroller’s Report, addressed the neglect of the cemetery. “Despite the vandalism and the criminal activity in the cemetery, East Jerusalem Development Ltd has not focused on regular upkeep of the cemetery above all else, but on pushing forward the planning and implementation of an all-encompassing security plan for the Mount of Olives range, including the cemetery,” claimed State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss.

Lindenstrauss also claimed that cemetery affairs have fallen between the bureaucratic cracks in that the jurisdiction of the body responsible for coordinating cemetery activity has yet to be arranged in its regulations, and, as such, damage to the graves will likely continue. The investment of millions of shekels towards rehabilitation may be wasted.

Religious Affairs Minsiter Yakov Margi said to Ynet following the report on the smashed headstones that the cabinet decision on Mount of Olives security should be upheld, or it should be placed under the authority of his ministry. “I am deeply shocked by the neglect, the lawlessness, and the lack of security that plague the Mount of Olives,” added Margi.

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 May 13, 2010 at 06:49 PM 5T Resident Says:

Why aren't these cemeteries under lock and key, like they are here?


 May 13, 2010 at 07:08 PM Anonymous Says:

The shocking desceration has been going on for months ,much worse than reported here,with the police doing nothing.


 May 13, 2010 at 07:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Typical of the medina. When a tombstone is overturned in France or grave is desecrated in the ukraine by anti semites the medina makes a formal protest and the knesset convenes a special meeting to discuss the issue. But under their own noses shules are vandalized by the anti semitic Russians they brought in and kevarim are vandalized by the peace loving Arabs and the medina tries to ignore it and hush it up.


 May 13, 2010 at 07:42 PM Anonymous Says:

I'm sick from this, my grandparents are buried there and I can't afford to go make sure their graves are ok.


 May 13, 2010 at 07:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Arabs are a bunch of low life bums


 May 13, 2010 at 08:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Why don't they use barbed wire and electrify it?? FRY THEM!! It might teach them a lesson real quick!!


 May 13, 2010 at 08:29 PM Anonymous Says:

dont worry guys! moshiach is coming today, and soon enough, we wont need those mateyvos anyway!


 May 13, 2010 at 10:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Arabs ? Rats they were -filthy rats they can't play a normal game in the park -also an average child get the creeps to go to a b"H and these animals "hang out there "!


 May 13, 2010 at 11:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
5T Resident Says:

Why aren't these cemeteries under lock and key, like they are here?

its a mountain not a private square piece of land


 May 13, 2010 at 11:21 PM Anonymous Says:

"pereh Adam"


 May 14, 2010 at 01:59 AM MAERSK Says:

Reply to #1  
5T Resident Says:

Why aren't these cemeteries under lock and key, like they are here?

WHO is going to pay to fence in 74 ACRES of land?


 May 14, 2010 at 12:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

its a mountain not a private square piece of land

You can still fence it in even if it's a mountain.

#11, it doesn't cost much and it is cheaper then a guard.

#4, I'm sick too. I too have numerous ancestors there; let's do something about it.


 May 14, 2010 at 01:22 PM Anonymous Says:

dead people are the wrong ones to start up with


 May 16, 2010 at 06:27 AM Toshav Ir Hakodesh Says:

Reply to #1  
5T Resident Says:

Why aren't these cemeteries under lock and key, like they are here?

5T Resident Says:Says:
“ Why aren't these cemeteries under lock and key, like they are here?”

5T Resident clearly has never visited EY, nor has he ever taken the trouble to look at pictures of Har Hazeisim.


 May 16, 2010 at 11:53 AM Anonymous Says:

Who says it's Arabs and not anti-Semitic Russian Goyim brought to EY in by... The Medinah! At some point all will admit that the Lubavitcher rebbe was correct on "Mihu Yehudi". On a historical note Nazi Germany and the state of Israel are the only two secular countries who formally made a law defining religious membership.


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