Arabs Resume Construction Illegal Construction of Mosque on Har Hazeisim, Destroy Newly Restored Tombstones

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har-hazeisim-constructionTaking advantage of the “three day” Rosh Hashanah Yom Tov, Arab construction workers resumed construction of an illegal Mosque on Har Hazeisim despite a “Stop Order” by the Jerusalem Municipality. Sources say that construction workers were feverishly finishing the roof and pouring cement as they rush to complete a Mosque that will be only feet from the graves of former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook.

Avrohom Lubinsky, Chairman of the International Committee for the Preservation of Har Hazeisim, blamed city officials “for not fully carrying out the order by destroying the illegal Mosque and sealing the area.” Lubinsky said that construction workers even leveled steps leading to kvarim on Har Hazeisim to provide for easier access for the workers. He added: “We are facing a nightmare that will all but deny Jews access to graves on the holiest and oldest Jewish cemetery in the world.” Committee leaders fear that the Arabs will use the upcoming Yom Kippur and Succos chagim to complete the structure that will turn Har Hazeisim into a parking lot for worshippers and Arab pedestrian traffic.

A police raid on the site last month came about after months of lobbying by the Committee which resulted in the Municipality issuing a “Stop Order.” But when the construction continued, the Committee alerted the Legal Forum to seek remedies to enforce the Stop Order. The Legal Forum responded by addressing an urgent letter to Mayor Nir Barkat and the Jerusalem Municipality, demanding an immediate enforcement of a court order to halt the illegal activities on the Mount. The  response by the Municipality, the seizure of work tools from the site, was a direct response to the Legal Forum and Committees efforts.  But the events of Rosh Hashanah clearly illustrated the Municipality’s lack of will to permanently enforce the order.

Also victim of the Rosh Hashanah desecrations was the destruction of graves in the Kolel Polen section of Har Hazeisim, where according to Chevra Kadisha officials, Arabs destroyed graves that were recently restored from the mass destruction of tombstones in late July. Mr. Lubinsky said that it was urgent for officials to install cameras in several sections that include the burial sites of many Americans. “Although some 63 surveillance cameras are functioning, they are far short of the 150 promised and are certainly not installed in areas of importance to many Jews, including the Kollel Polen section.” He also charged that a promised deployment of a police garrison has been slow to be implemented. “We cannot tolerate bureaucratic red tape and delays by government while Arabs commit wanton destruction and illegal construction without delay,” said Lubinsky.

{Yair Israel}


  1. Send the arabs a thank you note & convert it into a new police station & or a funeral chapel, Yeshiva or all.

  2. Perhaps we should consider fencing off the cementery with barbed wires and surveillence cameras. Rebuilding it every time will cost a fortune of money in the long run. This is a almost laughable situation. Which country in the world would sit by idly when the area near their former prime ministers grave is under threat of damage? America would have flattened the entire 50 mile radius of arab animals living nearbye. It’s almost laughable the Tzioni claim that we have weapons and are much stronger then our Arab neighbors- koichi vioitsim yudi. And you can’t even protect the area near a former Prime Ministers grave!

  3. What’s all this talk about keeping Yerushalayim united? Clearly, the government has given away effective control over parts of it for years since ’67.

  4. “Perhaps we should consider fencing off the cementery with barbed wires and surveillence cameras.”

    Who, precisely, are “we”?

    More to the point, where -precisely – do YOU live?

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