Tag Archive for Jewish cemetery

Palestinians Used Jewish Gravestones for Staircase

REPORT: Arab man from the village of Silwan was arrested for using old tombstones stolen from the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, to build a public staircase in his Palestinian village.

By David Israel


Yuval Segev, Army Radio’s reporter covering the police and Jerusalem, on Monday night tweeted that a PA resident was arrested on suspicion of breaking into the Jewish cemetery on Mount Olives and using old tombstones to build a public staircase in his village.

The investigation was launched following a complaint from City Councilman Arieh King. The suspect denies the charges.

One Segev follower, Shai Lourie, tweeted that if such a thing had happened in Europe it would have opened all the news editions, but on Mount Olives it barely generates a yawn. Continue Reading »

President Sisi: We’ll build Synagogues, should Jews return to Egypt

The Egyptian President promised a US delegation that Egypt has committed itself to clean up the ancient Bassatine Cemetery in Cairo, that dates back to the 9th century and believed to be the 2nd-oldest Jewish cemetery in the world. In December, Sisi also announced a multimillion-dollar project to restore Jewish heritage sites in Egypt.



If Jews are interested in establishing a Jewish community in Egypt, the government will build synagogues and other communal institutions, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi told a US delegation during a two-hour meeting last week.

The delegation was made up of the Anwar Sadat Congressional Gold Medal Commission that advocated the granting of the US Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to the slain Egyptian president who made peace with Israel. Continue Reading »

Israeli actors unite to restore forsaken ancient Jewish cemetery in Macedonia

Actors from Israel’s Cameri and Habima theaters stage a joint performance of the Polish play ‘Our Class,’ about the Jewish persecution during WWII. All the revenues are to be dedicated to the restoration and preservation of thousands of headstones in the ancient Jewish cemetery in Bitola, Macedonia, the only surviving remnant since the Nazi-annihilated community perished.

By Itamar Eichner


Actors from the Israeli Habima and Cameri theaters will join forces to preserve the ancient Jewish cemetery of the city of Bitola in Macedonia, Which lost its entire Jewish population during the Holocaust.

Two years after the actors visited, they decided to put on a special show whose proceeds would be devoted to the rehabilitation of the cemetery and about 6,000 of its neglected tombstones. Continue Reading »

Polish Homeowners ignore plea to remove Jewish gravestones used to build outhouse

After WWII, residents of small Polish village of Pilica apparently wanted to defile the memory of the buried Jews by using their gravestones with Hebrew writing, to build outhouse.

By Yori Yalon


The tiny Polish town of Pilica hides an infuriating secret: Homeowners who lived in the town after World War II used Jewish gravestones to build an outhouse and parts of their home, apparently in an effort to defile the memory of the Jews.

An outhouse in the Polish village of Pilica built out of Jewish gravestones – Photo: From the Depths

The sight of dozens of gravestones bearing Hebrew writing as part of a structure that serves as an outhouse is unsettling. Continue Reading »

WATCH: The Jewish Mount of Olives Ancient Jerusalem Cemetery Desecrated Again

Jerusalem councilman King blames government for not ordering police to stop Arabs from destroying the headstones & desecrating Jewish graves at the Mount of Olives cemetery.

By Ari Yashar


While Arab assailants have long been desecrating the Mount of Olives Jewish cemetery in Jerusalem, said to be the oldest still-in-use cemetery in the world, shocking video footage reveals that for the Jewish holiday of Purim last Friday (in Jerusalem) they went farther than usual in trashing Jewish graves.

Jerusalem, Mount of Olives Jewish Cemetery – Photo: Wikipedia

Jerusalem Councilman Arieh King on Tuesday posted video documenting the damage, which was filmed by Joshua Wander, a dual Israeli and American citizen who has run as a republican candidate for mayor of Pittsburgh.

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‘Last Jew in Pakistan’ Ambushed, Beaten by Muslim Mob, Then by Police

Fishel Benkhald, who is spearheading a campaign to restore Karachi’s neglected Jewish cemetery, was viciously beaten, then arrested by police, after agreeing to a ‘friendly’ debate over minority rights.

By Ari Soffer


A Jewish activist in Pakistan was savagely beaten by a Muslim mob Wednesday – and then arrested and roughed up again by police.

Fishel Benkhald after being attacked – Courtesy

Fishel Benkhald – who is leading a one-man campaign to preserve the old Jewish cemetery in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi – has been a vocal activist for minority rights in the country, which is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim and where minorities such as Christians, Hindus and non-Sunni Muslims are routinely persecuted.
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5 French teens detained for vandalizing three hundred Jewish graves

French Prime Minister Valls blasts Netanyahu for suggesting that Jews are unsafe in Europe.

By i24news


Five adolescents aged 15 to 17 have been detained for questioning in eastern France over the vandalism of Jewish graves, a local prosecutor said on Monday.

Investigators examine defaced tombstones at the Jewish cemetery of Sarre-Union, north-eastern France, on February 16, 2015 – Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP

All five are from the region of Sarre-Union in Alsace, where around 300 tombs were defaced and damaged on Thursday.

The youngest came forward after being shocked by the massive reaction across the country to the vandalism, prosecutor Philippe Vannier said. Continue Reading »

Hundreds of Jewish gravestones vandalized as French antisemitism persists

News of the desecrated tombstones come a day after a deadly terror shooting at a Denmark synagogue, which resembled the terrorist attack at a Jewish supermarket in Paris last month.


PARIS – Several hundred Jewish tombs have been damaged in a cemetery near the northeastern French city of Strasbourg, the French interior minister said on Sunday.

A French gendarme stands guard next to tombstones desecrated by vandals with Nazi swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans in the Jewish cemetery of Brumath near Strasbourg. – Photo: REUTERS

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve condemned the incident, which took place at the Jewish cemetery of Sarre-Union near the German border, and said in a statement that police had opened an inquiry. Continue Reading »

A self-declared Pakistani Jew crusades to save Karachi’s only Jewish cemetery

One single Pakistani Jew fights for the remembrance of the once thriving Jewish community in Karachi, that had been forsaken and is now under threat from an encroaching Muslim cemetery.

By in Karachi


There are few clues as to the identity of the last Pakistani Jew to be buried in Karachi. A heart-shaped piece of marble set into a slab of rough concrete in the city’s Jewish cemetery in February 1983 has none of the detail or Hebrew script of the more elaborate tombs built a century earlier, when Jews were a self-confident minority in a country where they are now often demonized. Continue Reading »

Jerusalem District Court has ruled against gender segregation at funerals

The Jerusalem District Court has ruled that unless deceased’s family specifically requests segregation, Chevra Kadisha burial society can no longer place signs separating between men & women at cemeteries.

By Kobi Nachshoni


The Chevra Kadisha burial society will not be able to place signs separating between men and women in cemeteries, unless the deceased’s family specifically asks for it, the Jerusalem District Court has ruled.

Sign reads, ‘Men to the right, women to the left’ (archives)

The outline suggested by the court has been accepted by both Chevra Kadisha and groups opposing gender segregation. The parties are now waiting for Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to confirm that the proposal does not fall under the category of forbidden exclusion of women in the public domain. Continue Reading »

Polish Officials Target Desecrated Jewish Cemetery for Housing Project

A Jewish cemetery in Grodzisk, originally destroyed during the Holocaust & is now partly used as a junkyard & storage site, is currently targeted, as residential building plans threaten its very existence.

By Chaim Lev, Ari Yashar


The Jewish community of Poland is working urgently to try and save the Jewish cemetery in Grodzisk, after the city’s council began work on a construction project in the northern part of the city where the graveyard is located, putting it in direct danger.

Jewish graves in Poland

Jewish graves in Poland – Photo: Hezki Ezra

The cemetery was destroyed during the Holocaust, and afterwards most of the grounds were transferred to the “Independent Peasants Aide” organization, under whose proxy machines and building materials were stored on the site. Continue Reading »

Israel Police Arrested 3 Jerusalem Arabs for Destroying Jewish Gravestones


Israel Police in Jerusalem makes arrests after dozens of headstones & memorials were smashed on the Mount of Olives. 
• One 22 yr-old suspect, denies allegations, but 2 minors admitted to detectives to defacing graves & went on to implicate additional suspects.

By Israel Hayom Staff


Detectives and investigators from the Jerusalem Central Investigative Unit of the Israel Police arrested on Monday three Arab residents of the A-Tor neighborhood in east Jerusalem suspected of vandalizing Jewish gravestones on the Mount of Olives.

One of the gravestones defaced on the Mount of Olives – Photo: Israel Police Spokesperson’s Unit

The police launched the investigation after dozens of headstones were discovered, smashed.

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Tiny Israel begins building multi-tiered cemetery towers

After initial hesitations, Israel’s ultra-Orthodox burial societies have embraced the practice now that a rabbinical ruling makes the endeavor kosher.


At first glance, the multi-tiered jungle of concrete off a major central Israeli highway does not appear unusual in this city of bland high-rises. But the burgeoning towers are groundbreaking when you consider its future tenants: They will be homes not for the living but rather the dead.

Vertical part of the Yarkon cemetery

This Oct. 6, 2014, photo shows a new vertical part of the Yarkon cemetery outside of the city of Petah Tikva, Israel. – Photo: AP

With real estate at a premium, Israel is at the forefront of a global movement building vertical cemeteries in densely populated countries.

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Report: Jewish graves destroyed in Syria by Al-Qaida-linked terrorists


According to Fars news agency & other Iranian media outlets, Al-Nursa Front has reportedly demolished ancient Jewish mausoleums in Syria’s city of Aleppo.




Al-Qaida-linked terrorists have allegedly demolished several ancient Jewish mausoleums in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, Iranian media reported Tuesday.

A fighter from Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra in Aleppo.

A fighter from Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra in Aleppo. – Photo: REUTERS

The graves were located in the historical town of Tadif, according to the semi-official Iranian Fars news agency and other Iranian news outlets.

The terrorists reportedly belong to the al-Qaida-backed al-Nusra Front.

A tomb said to be that of Ezra the Scribe is located in the town. Continue Reading »

Moroccan King is preserving Cape Verde’s Jewish heritage sites.

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI is paying for the restoration of Jewish heritage sites in Cape Verde, and accordingly, his Jewish adviser says it reflects the king’s recognition of the Jewish influence on his country’s culture.

Moroccan diplomat Abdellah Boutadghart

Abdellah Boutadghart, right, of the Moroccan embassy in Senegal, and Rabbi Eliezer Di Martino from Lisbon on May 2 at Praia’s main cemetery.

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