Hypocrisy: After Razing Ancient Kevorim, Barzilai Emergency Room Delayed to Protect ‘Ancient’ Tree


barzilai-medical-center-ashkelon The State of Israel has reached new heights of hypocrisy. Several years ago, during construction work on an emergency room at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon that would provide protection against rocket attacks, ancient graves were discovered at the work site.

All attempts to prevent unnecessarily harming them were in vain. Though chareidi representatives spoke out and waged an unbending campaign at the behest of gedolei Yisroel shlita, dozens of graves were unearthed in a high-speed operation conducted by the Antiquities Authority.

The wide-reaching chilul Hashem and the disrespect for the dead deeply pained chareidi Jewry in Eretz Yisroel and the Diaspora wherever battles are fought to prevent the destruction of Jewish graves.

Now the construction work on the reinforced emergency ward is being delayed because of an “ancient” sycamore tree growing in the middle of the site. The same figures who backed the disinterment of the graves, explaining that it was a matter of “pikuach nefesh” and public safety, are now holding up the project for several weeks to accommodate the tree, which is said to have “nostalgic” value.

{Deiah Vedibur}

{Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. There is a mass protest scheduled in Washington DC this Tuesday called by the Asra Kadisha and Hisachdus Horabonim when Netanyahu will be at the white house to continue the speaking out against the outrage of grave desecration. We should not let the Israeli government get away with this despicable anti-religious behavior. When it hurts you scream! If we don’t scream it shows it doesn’t hurt! Let’s not make a chilul hashem and tell the world that the desecration of our ancestor’s graves doesn’t matter to us!

  2. Please don’t make it worse than it is. They are moving the tree (as they did to the graves) and continuing construction.

    They are wrong, but they aren’t hypocrites.

    The only hypocrisy is from the news sites that claim to represent truth and tell half a story.

  3. #1 Participating in a rally against Netanyahu at this point in the history of Israel is unwise and a dagger to the residents who need our verbal and physical suppport.
    Diplomacy has always been the venue that our gedolim used when it comes to Israel. Reb Yaakov and Reb Moshe zt”l spoke on numerous occassion against demos for public consumption. Israel = Jews and Jews = Israel. For Jews to demonstrate against Israel opens up the door to hardships for Jews in America also. BEWARE!!!

  4. Would we go out to protest against the boys and girls from our communities who went off the derech and are doing all kinds of avieros? NO!
    Because we KNOW that its counter effective.

    Here we are speaking about our brothers who have the same chelek elokai like us, they arent doing it out of ideology, its simple ignorance they are “tinokos shenishbu”, they wont listen to us if we come out to fight them and protest, it just instigates them to hate us and the Torah more. IT SIMPLY NEVER WORKED AND IT WONT WORK!

    If they are such reshoim why are we supporting Lev L’Achim, let the go down in sheoil tachtis?!

  5. Israels govt is undermined enough as it is by foreign pressures. the last thing it needs is to be further undermined by Jews. We need to use diplomacy not protests. The media eats up these protests and shows the world look “THE JEWS THEMSELVES HATE THE STATE OF ISRAEL.”