Between 1948 and 1967 some 40,000 graves were destroyed under Jordanian occupation.
At least 150,000 graves line the hill opposite the Temple Mount. Between 1948 and 1967, when the Mount of Olives was under Jordanian occupation, some 40,000 graves were destroyed. In some parts of the cemetery, vandalism has reduced many gravestones to piles of shattered shards. Arabic graffiti blots some of the walls.
Israelis and American Jewish leaders are demanding that the Israeli government increase protection to ensure that those buried on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem can rest in peace.
Israelis claim Palestinians from surrounding east Jerusalem neighborhoods attack visitors two to three times a week, sometimes stoning funeral processions. They accuse Arabs of building illegally on top of graves, using tombstones as goalposts for soccer games and lobbing firebombs to desecrate the cemetery.
At a recent visit to the cemetery, Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said he’s heard from hundreds of families in the U.S. who can’t visit buried relatives without protection from armed guards. “In Jerusalem, Jews can’t go and visit an ancient burial site that is supposedly sacred?” Hoenlein asked.
Source: AP-Washington Post
It would be a grave injustice and pure racism to force Israel to give up its control over East Jerusalem. Not only because the city of David is the capital of the state of Israel. But also because the Islamic gangsters again will refuse the Jews to visit their Holy sites.
Today people of all faiths have access to their holiest site, Jews, Muslims and Catholics and Christians alike.
The graveyard on the western slope of the Mount of Olives are widely neglected by the Government of Israel. That is a shame, Because few sites in Jerusalem gives the World an indisputable evidence of the Jewish origin of this part of the city of Jerusalem.
Written by Ivar