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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »