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Palestinians clean East Jerusalem cemetery facing confiscation

Sept. 4, 2015 9:16 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 5, 2015 1:34 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians in Jerusalem gathered to clean the Bab al-Rahma cemetery on Friday, in response to plans announced by Israeli authorities to seize parts of the cemetery for a national park trail, local sources told Ma'an.

Islamic and national leaders in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan and the committee for the preservation of Islamic cemeteries in Jerusalem called for protests after the Israeli Nature Authority announced its plan to confiscate 40 percent of the cemetery’s area.

Palestinian youths last Wednesday pulled down a barbed wire fence that Israeli authorities put up around part the cemetery earlier that day.

The head of the committee for the preservation of Islamic cemeteries in Jerusalem, Mustafa Abu Zahra, told Ma'an that the part of the cemetery that was fenced off included grave-sites.


Earlier this week Abu Zahra said that the Israeli authorities "claimed they were putting a court decision into effect," but he said that the authorities had given no evidence of a court ruling backing their action.

Bab al-Rahma, meaning Door of Compassion, runs along the eastern wall of Jerusalem's Old City and has been in use for more than 1,000 years.

Abu Zahra said documents exist that prove the land belongs to the Islamic Endowment, which controls the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. He said the documents clearly show the exact borders of the cemetery.

Abu Zahra added that the Israeli authorities are “pirating” the land.

Earlier this weekDirector of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, commented onthe confiscation of part of the cemetery, al-Kiswani said: "Not only does the Israeli occupation go after living Muslims, but even the dead are not safe."

Sussanna / Hungary
It's a great shame they do not clean up the Mohammedan's cemetery in Beersheba too. What a neglectful disgrace that is.
04/09/2015 21:51
Joe Fattal / USA
And the woman was strolling with her child in the park of the dead and suddenly her child said, Imah look a leg bone. Leave it alone child its not one of us. That might not never happens, but who in the hell going to walk in a park that was once a cemetary. I wont.
04/09/2015 23:52
Outlier / USA
Only fear - in this case, of soon seeing the cemetery disappear - motivates Palestinians to take care of their heritage. Sad.
05/09/2015 00:08
Tobias / USA
-1- The Jewish Temple, that once stood where al-Aqsa stands, just like
The Wall that stands beside this cemetery, was built by Jewish Kings, so
-2- Palestinian ancestors confiscated East Jerusalem cemetery lands, and Now the rightful Jewish owners are just taking back some of it !!
05/09/2015 04:50
Legal Eagle / Australia
Where is King Abdullah of Jordan - rubbing shoulders with USrael instead of protecting Islam's holy site?
05/09/2015 08:58
Show me one Muslim cemetery / that is being kept or respected
Go to Nesher, Izadeen el kassam place--REFUGE AND DESTRUCTION
and it is kept by the WAKF!!!!
05/09/2015 10:52
Tobias you are part / Of the problem
This kind of attitude only stokes the fuel of hatred. Lets go back all the way, who did the Jews take the land from? They were not born there, Joshua stole it and killed everyone and everything. Hmm, kind of like today.
05/09/2015 16:29
richard braverman / USA
When they finish the trail, I hope they name it Mythology Road because everything about Zionism and Judaism is fabricated
06/09/2015 06:00
@Tobias you are part / Of the problem / UK
You do know that all Muslims also see Joshua as the leader of the Israelites, following the death of Moses. Some Muslims also believe Joshua to be the "attendant" of Moses mentioned in the Qur’ān, before Moses meets Khidr and some believe that he is a prophet.
06/09/2015 08:51
@Tobias you are part / Of the problem / UK
Whatever happened to the Amalekites that made a per-emptive attack on the Israelites encamped at Rephidim?
06/09/2015 08:56
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