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Israel "has declared war on the living and the dead to erase Palestinian identity"

February 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm

An Arab member of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, has called the authorities’ destruction of hundreds of graves in the Muslim Ma’aman Allah Cemetery in Jerusalem “a declaration of war against living and dead Palestinians”.

Massoud Ghanayem said that this “declaration of war” is Israel’s way of “imposing its agenda and trying to erase Palestinian identity and distort the identity of the land”. Such action, he added, “proves that Israel is still acting with brutality against icons of Palestinian identity in the drive to confiscate Arabs’ and Muslims’ rights in the city of Jerusalem”.

The United Arab List MK drew attention to the fact that Ma’aman Allah Cemetery is “a cultural legacy and an important part of Jerusalem’s history, the loss of which should be of concern to the Israeli government even as it aims to Judaize the Holy City”.