Horrific Desecration of Graves on Har Hazeisim Despite New Security Measures; Destroyed Graves are of American and British Nationalities


har-hazeisimVisitors to the Kolel Polin section of Har Hazeisim made a gruesome discovery today. They found graves so badly destroyed that even the names could not be distinguished. Avrohom Lubinsky, Chairman of the International Committee on Har Hazeisim called this “the most grotesque and vicious destruction of tombstones to date.” He noted that the graves were those of Polish Jews, who were American and British citizens. On June 14, more than a dozen graves were destroyed, but none as vicious as the acts that were committed within the last 72 hours, according to security officials.

Security sources noted that the Kolel Polin section poses security issues because it is in a valley and often hard to detect. All of this despite the fact that 62 surveillance cameras were turned on two weeks ago. Eventually, say security officials, 142 cameras will be on the mountain. But as quickly became apparent, the bad news is that even if the cameras do capture vandals in the act, there is no follow-up by law enforcement. For example, security officials point out that there were more than a half dozen acts of vandalism that were captured by the cameras (excluding the horrific destruction of Thursday). While photos were submitted to the Police, there were no reports of arrests, most likely because the perpetrators were minors and difficult to prosecute. This is why the Committee headed by Mr. Lubinsky is proposing a bill that would provide for mandatory jail sentences even for minors as well as holding parents responsible for vandalism is so crucial. The cameras themselves are not as secure as the Committee originally thought. Security officials told Committee representatives that Arab youths could possibly disable a camera with an accurate hit from a slingshot. The Committee is also lobbying for auxiliary lighting to provide better security on Har Hazeisim at night.

The latest developments, according to Mr. Lubinsky, point to the urgent need for the deployment of a police garrison on Har Hazeisim. He said that he learned that at present only one patrol car is assigned to the entire area of Har Hazeisim and the adjacent Jewish neighborhoods. This has virtually rendered the Police ineffective since they often respond too late to stop vandalism or to apprehend suspects. Mr. Lubinsky said that he intends to raise the issue of police deployment during his upcoming trip to Israel in September. He will also press for the appointment of a high ranking government official who would be responsible for Har Hazeisim since there does not appear to be such a person either in the Prime Minister’s office or in the Cabinet.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. “He noted that the graves were those of Polish Jews, who were American and British citizens.”

    I want to make it crystal clear that I totally abhor the desecration of cemeteries – any cemetery, catering for any person of any religion.

    That said, what difference does the nationalities of the deceased make any more? None of the dead need passports to enter [?? ??? [?? ??????. No one is checking ?????? ???? there, either.

    So why did the reporter feel the need to pluck at our emotive heartstrings by mentioning nationality?

  2. I abhor all desecrations also. But as an Ameircan, I also feel an extra responsibility to the parents and relatives of my neighbors to ensure that they rest in peace – not pieces.

  3. Is barbed wire (maybe electric) or an “army/manual” patrol a solution? If not, why not? Do they “tunnel in”? Can this be blocked by sensors to detect tunneling?

  4. This is soo horrable no words. We need to organise shift of people who would volunteer to shomer the cemetary. Anyone interested?

  5. I think the mention of the area of desecration was meant that in case any one reading this has a personal connection to that area they should feel an additional pain and maybe help pressure Israel (possibly by signing petition forms etc..) for better security. Emotions of people tend to create feeling and that is usually the point of of such an article. Please don’t nit pick articles or other peoples comments, they don’t get you too far in life and can create a hatred which is definitely not worth it.

  6. This is a problem withOUT a solution.

    Remember guys this particular area is known to the Media and global world as EAST JERUSALEM, the Israeli government, representatives and people have not yet agreed to “One Jerusalem”. They will not be throwing money into Har Hazisim security when it is a negotiable piece of real estate that the ARABS DEMAND in the future capital of Palestine.

  7. “We need to organise shift of people who would volunteer to shomer the cemetary. Anyone interested?”

    Where do you live, basics #5?

  8. to #9 does that mean that all the deceased yidden on Har Hazeisim will be forgotten by Israel because the gov’t deems the deceased not worth it?? Well the Neshamos in Shamayim are probably making a big rally in Shamayim for us right now that we are desperate for the geulah!