Tag Archive for Mount of Olives

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 »

‘To Concede Mount of Olives, Is To Concede Jerusalem’

In special interview about Israel’s national cemetery, co-founder of the Int’l Committee for the Preservation of the Mt. of Olives (Har HaZeitim), reveals the full story of the Mount’s security concerns.

By Eliram Aharon, Tova Dvorin


Menachem Lubinsky, co-chairman for the International Committee of the Preservation of Har HaZeitim, spoke to Arutz Sheva this week — and explained the true story behind the official policies at the Mount of Olives.

Menachem Lubinsky, co-chairman for the International Committee of the Preservation of Har HaZeitim – Arutz7 Screenshot

The Mount of Olives has become the “drug capital of east Jerusalem” and also was a spot for donkey races; the Palestinian Arabs neglected and abused the site, desecrating graves to a much greater extent than today. 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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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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Dozen’s of Jewish Graves Desecrated by Mount of Olives Vandals

Even after millions of Shekels were spent on security cameras, Arab vandals again entered, this time destroying the grave-site of the Hassidic leader, the Grand Rebbe of Modzitz, along with dozens of others, including other well-known rabbis.

By Moshe Cohen


Arab vandals destroyed the gravesite of the Hassidic leader, the Grand Rebbe of Modzitz, according to Modzitz hassidim who visited the site. The gravestone of the leader, Rabbi Yisrael Dan Taub, who died in 2006, was destroyed, along with dozens of others, including several well-known rabbis. The destruction took place at a special section of the Mount of Olives cemetery reserved for rabbinical leaders. Continue Reading »

Rabbi Visiting Murdered Son’s Grave on Mount of Olives Gets Attacked by Arab Gang

Rabbi Yitzhak Cohen reports of a harrowing attack, the full 40-minute assault highlighted the lack of police presence by the Mt. of Olives, a well known hotbed of Palestinian attacks.

By Tova Dvorin and Ari Soffer



Rabbi Yitzhak Cohen, whose son Neria Cohen was murdered in the Mercaz HaRav attack in 2008, was violently attacked by Arab youths as he visited his son’s grave on the Mount of Olives yesterday.

“Yesterday I went with my wife and children to my son’s gravesite,” the Rabbi recounted, in an interview with Arutz Sheva. “At the end of the road on Mount of Olives, I saw a group of Arab youths – they immediately began throwing stones at our car.” Continue Reading »

Jew’s Life in ‘Mortal Danger’ When Traveling to Mount of Olives

MK Avraham Michaeli has Knesset committee hearing reopen & discuss security issues at the Mount of Olives.

No additional police will be stationed until Defense Ministry confirms reported threat of danger.

By Tova Dvorin


A Knesset committee hearing regarding internal security issues at the Mount of Olives revealed that the roads to the historic site present a mortal danger to travelers and pilgrims. The Mount of Olives holds one of Judaism’s oldest cemeteries, and is the burial site of several prominent religious leaders.

The discussion, which was mediated by Likud MK Miri Regev, opened with a statement from MK Avraham Michaeli (Shas) that he is “afraid to go to the Mount of Olives” and that “when you go there, you find yourself in mortal danger.” Continue Reading »

Jewish Pilgrims Attacked by Arabs Next to Mount of Olives

Local resident, after looking at the destroyed car, calls family’s escape miraculous.

By Uzi Baruch and Ernie Singer

A hareidi-religious family from New York was the victim of a serious attack by rioting Arabs Wednesday afternoon, asthey were making their way to pray on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem’s Old City. One of the passengers

in their rented car was taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital with wounds to the head and one of his hands.

Area resident Nitai Shilo, who helped the family after the attempted lynch, told Arutz Sheva that the family, including children, got stuck in a big traffic jam next to the Mount of Olives. Continue Reading »

Arab Attacks on Mount of Olives are declining

Thousands of mourners expected to visit Mount of Olives cemetery in the week before Yom Kippur.

Activists also report a drop in grave desecrations by Arab extremists.

By Gil Ronen


Thousands of people are expected to come to the ancient cemetery at the Mount of Olives in the days before Yom Kippur, to visit the graves of their loved ones and graves of “tzaddikim,” or wise and righteous people.

Desecration of Jewish graves, Mount of Olives – Israel news photo: Rafi Fischer

This year they can do so with less trepidation, activists say, because the security situation there has improved markedly in recent months. Continue Reading »

Stones thrown at firemen called to Mount of Olives

Incident including Arab stone throwers follows ongoing deterioration of security situation.


Firefighters who attempted to put out a dumpster fire were attacked on Saturday on the Mount of Olives in east Jerusalem, another stone-throwing attack in a series of incidents at the cemetery.

A man prays at the Mount of Olives cemetery.

A man prays at the Mount of Olives cemetery - Photo by Ronen Zvulun / Reuters

According to Jerusalem firefighter spokesman Asaf Abras, after a number of people started throwing rocks, the firefighters tried to reverse their direction but the “rain of stones” continued while a crowd formed at the scene.

Firefighters left the scene after the rocks smashed the windshield and other rocks damaged the sides of the firetruck.

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