The old Muslim cemetery in Ashkelon has been turned into a car park by the Israeli municipality. Reports in the Hebrew media have revealed that the facility provides parking spaces for a new commercial market built nearby.
One resident told Maariv newspaper that the municipality had been informed about this abuse of the cemetery, and a complaint has been filed, "but nothing has been done about it".
Member of Parliament Ahmed Tibi condemned the use of the cemetery as a car park. The Knesset member said, "If the Jewish cemeteries in France, for example, were used as car parks, Israel would have shaken the world. What is happening now in Al-Magdal Cemetery is a great offence to Muslim sensibilities." He urged the municipality to put an end to shoppers parking in the cemetery.