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Israeli authorities demolish graves in East Jerusalem cemetery [maannews]
Israeli authorities demolish graves in East Jerusalem cemetery [maannews]

Israeli authorities today demolished several graves in occupied East Jerusalem’s historical Bab Al-Rahmeh cemetery east of Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to a Palestinian official. Israel had confiscated parts of this historical cemetery in September 2015.

“Personnel from the so-called ‘Israeli Nature Authority’ – backed by large numbers of Israeli forces – stormed the historical Bab Al-Rahmeh cemetery and knocked down eight graves,” Mustafa Abu Zahra, head of the committee for the preservation of Islamic cemeteries in Jerusalem, told the Anadolu Agency. He added:

Israel wants to transform the cemetery into a national park for Israeli Jews

Bab Al-Rahmeh is a Muslim cemetery that dates back more than 1,400 years. It is considered one of East Jerusalem’s most important Islamic historical sites.

Sheikh Omar Al-Qiswani, Al-Aqsa Mosque’s Palestinian director, denounced ongoing Israeli violations against Muslim sites in East Jerusalem.

“Israel claims the graves are situated on land owned by the Israeli Nature Authority,” Al-Qiswani told Anadolu. “But Israel has no historical – or legal – basis on which to claim any right to the cemetery,” he said. “The site is an Islamic Waqf [endowment] and will remain so.”

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It formally annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as its capital – a move never recognised by the international community.

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  • traducteur

    It’s an indication of the depth of Jewish racism and their contempt for goyim that they don’t value any non-Jewish historical remains. On the contrary, they routinely destroy ancient mosques, churches, cemeteries, etc. in order to buttress their fraudulent claim that Palestine is 100% Jewish and always has been. Zionist archaeology, so-called, seeks to promote, not the advancement of historical knowledge, but Jewish myths.

    • Helen4Yemen

      90% of world Jewry and 95% of American Jewry is European Ashkenazi who have no other ties to Palestine except as European converts to Judaism.

      • Mike Abramov

        This is typical of you Helen. Your statement has nothing to do with the article. Try using your own thoughts to project an argument rather than cut and paste

    • Mike Abramov

      Really? I thought it was ISIL that destroyed sites dating back even to pre-Islam. Obviously Assad has created mass destruction in Syria. How many cemeteries have been destroyed by the barrel bombs? Let us not forget that the civil war is a Sunni majority rebelling against an Alawite president.

      However, I am deeply sympathetic to the ‘destruction’ of the cemeteries. The Jews lost thousands of cemeteries on WW2. Many of the head-stones were used for paving and building material by the Nazis. However, as the article is biased, I cannot comment any further.

      • Theo Anonis

        Syria may have started as a late entry to the Arab Spring, but soon devolved into a full civil war only because the FSA received weapons and funding by the CIA, the Pentagon and Saudi in an attempt at regime change. Nato’s involvement with bombing raids, and the chaos that ensued, soon brought in those despots who seek only a caliphate wherever they can gain a foothold…..like cockroaches (ISIS). As a result, you have the tragedy that is Syria today. The Sunni majority lived peacefully with the Alawites before the interference.

        And, yes, agreed. The destruction of places of rest is deeply disturbing. Whether it is Jewish cemeteries, ancestral
        burial grounds of indigenous peoples, historic Muslim graves, or other sites is very disrespectful.

        I don’t see the bias, however. The article was very short and was mainly commentary.

        • Mike Abramov

          I apologise if my reply was mis-leading. please understand that this site is a platform for a lot of hidden anti-Semitism and a hatred of democratic Israel.

          • Theo Anonis

            No neeed to apolgize. Thank you.

            You may find, as I have, that news sites that take one side or the other on the Israel/Palestinian issue will have either elements of Anti-Semitism, or Islamophobia in the content of the articles, and/or the commentary. I find those disturbing on both sides, but that is the nature of the internet.

            I abhor hatred in any form.

            Though Israel is a parliamentary democracy, it is not so in the occupied territories (Gaza, West Bank and East Jerusalem). Here there is no democracy as Israeli forces (IDF) dictate the lives of Palestinians not by the tenets of democracy, but Military rule.

            Each Palestinian in these occupied territories is not a citizen, but viewed as an “enemy”, including small children. This skewed vision, along with the dehumanization of the residents of the occupied territories allows the military to repress, suppress and subjugate anyone without retribution, Even the murder of a Palestinian by a settler, or soldier, goes unpunished.

            Too often, in our past, great horrors have been perpetrated, and it cannot continue.

          • Mike Abramov

            Theo – I am not going to argue with your final statement. I am concerned that Israel can be heavy handed and this upsets me because it provides fuel for the anti-Semites.

            if you read Helen4Yemen just below, it proves my point

          • Theo Anonis

            Agreed Mike. People like Helen4Yemen have a singular focus bordering on hatred and that kind of narrow mindedness is unhelpful and simply adds fuel to the fire of hatred.

          • Mike Abramov

            Theo – I am grateful for your reply.

    • Theo Anonis

      It’s unfair to use the broadstroke term “Jewish racism” here. The IDF, and the current government of Israel have imposed racist policies, agreed, but to paint all Jews with the same brush is not beneficial and is insulting to those Jewish organizations that seek to aid and assist Palestinians in their cause.

  • Scorpion2015

    It’s not enough that they have had attempted to eradicate an entire history as they turn to desecrate the lives of those past.

  • Helen4Yemen

    Jews are only following their religion:

    Deuteronomy 20: 16 Whenever you capture towns in the land the Lord your God is giving you, be sure to kill all the people and animals. 17 He has commanded you to completely wipe out the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 18 If you allow them to live, they will persuade you to worship their disgusting gods, and you will be unfaithful to the Lord.

  • JameKT

    Muslims need to worry more about the genocide taking place in Syria and other Arab nations. Typical false news to keep the Arab minds occupied, so easy to do. Was in Europe last month, everyone and I mean everyone I spoke too hates Arabs and Muslims, young and old. Even Turks hate Arabs in Germany. U reap what u sow, people act like they support Palestinians but no one cares. Not the Saudis, not America, not Europe. Enjoy the hate, that’s all you have now.

    • Mike Abramov

      Sir – I do not hate Arabs, and I am a Jew. What I hate is the focus of hatred in the Middle East on Israel when there are absolute atrocities going on in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen…etc.

      • Michael Morgan

        Deflection is no argument. Sorry. The atrocities committed by Israel require discussion, not avoiding action by Zionist apologists.

        • Mike Abramov

          Would you like to tell what atrocities you are referring to?

          • Michael Morgan

            All of them. You seem to have attempted to validate them all at one time or another.

          • Mike Abramov

            I have? Please submit one example.

  • This is unfortunate…but it must be said, the Islamic State commits far more heinous crimes in Iraq and Syria, and on a far more regular basis.