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Earlier this month, Israeli police forces dressed in civilian clothes broke into the Palestinian al-Mujahidin cemetery and destroyed the tombstones of seven Palestinians killed by Israel.

Located just outside the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, al-Mujahidin cemetery is the final resting place of several Palestinian “martyrs” who were killed by Israeli forces in the so-called Jerusalem Intifada that began in 2015.

Many of the slain Palestinians who are buried in the cemetery were deemed by the Israeli state as “terrorists” after some carried out attacks on Israelis. Several of the Palestinians’ bodies were held for hundreds of days by the Israeli state before being returned to their families for burial.

Prior to the release of their bodies, however, the Israeli police stipulated that any Palestinian from East Jerusalem accused of terrorism be buried in the al-Mujahidin cemetery, as opposed to the cemeteries in their respective towns.

Due to the fact that many slain Palestinians were buried in al-Mujahidin cemetery, it became a  place where Palestinians from Jerusalem, and those visiting from the West Bank and elsewhere, would visit to pay their respects.

The tombstones of the slain Palestinians were engraved about a year-and-a-half ago with a verse from the Quran and the sentence “graves of heroic martyrs of the Intifada of Jerusalem.” Israeli authorities objected to the use of the word “hero,” and demanded the cemetery administration removed the new addition.

After the administration refused, the Israeli officers broke in in the middle of the night and destroyed the tombstones with hammers and other hand tools.

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29 Responses

  1. March 23, 2018, 1:08 pm

    vandals and criminals as officers – sick people from a sick society

  2. CigarGod
    CigarGod
    March 24, 2018, 9:37 am

    It was 1943 when Vienna’s Nazi overlords gave the order to destroy the city’s oldest Jewish cemetery, demanding it be leveled and the tombstones attesting to centuries of Jewish existence there be destroyed.

  3. iResistDe4iAm
    iResistDe4iAm
    March 24, 2018, 10:55 am

    Although China, India, USA and Indonesia (to name a few) are brutal occupiers, at least they let their dead victims Rest in Peace.

    Israel, the most immoral occupier in the world.

  4. JimMichie
    JimMichie
    March 24, 2018, 12:28 pm

    And these accursed brutal, racist, fascist, terrorist Zionists claim to be “practitioners of Judaism”! Where are our voices, true practitioners of Judaism? WHERE ARE YOUR VOICES TO CONDEMN THESE ACCURSED ZIONISTS!

  5. JosephA
    JosephA
    March 24, 2018, 9:54 pm

    Interesting, sad story.

  6. Marnie
    Marnie
    March 25, 2018, 1:23 am

    What purpose does this serve? They commit these acts only because they go unchallenged and unpunished. They can certainly dish it out, but I have serious doubts of whether they can take it.

  7. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    March 25, 2018, 7:53 am

    On the positive side at least the tombstones of those “heroic” Zionist terrorists Begin and Shamir and their fellow travellers can now be reasonably viewed as fair game for destruction by the native Palestinians in due course.

    Tick tick

    • Jon66
      Jon66
      March 25, 2018, 8:56 am

      The Palestinians have done it before. The Jewish cemetery in Hebron was destroyed.

      During the Jordanian period (1948-1967), the cemetery was intentionally destroyed and the site was cultivated by Arab residents for growing produce.[5] Around 4,000 tombstones were removed[6] and used for construction purposes…..

      A local resident declared that before he ploughed the cemetery, a Muslim priest gave him permission “to clean away the graves of the Jews.” A former member of the Hebron city council testified that a prominent Palestinian Arab councilor told him that the Jewish cemetery had been destroyed by direct order of the Jordanian government.[6]
      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Jewish_cemetery,_Hebron#CITEREFSherute_ha-hasbarah1967

      • gamal
        gamal
        March 25, 2018, 11:03 am

        “Arab residents for growing produce”

        you mean they made the cemetery the bloom?

      • John O
        John O
        March 25, 2018, 12:15 pm

        @Jon66

        All you needed to say was that desecrating anyone’s grave was unacceptable.

      • Jon66
        Jon66
        March 25, 2018, 12:38 pm

        John,
        I agree. I think it’s horrible for anyone to do that to a cemetery.

        But, in the first comment on the article, “vandals and criminals as officers – sick people from a sick society.” LH takes this specific instance and draws conclusions about larger Israeli society. I point out these other examples to see if LH or the others wish to draw similar conclusions based upon similar acts by Palestinians. Or is it only Israelis who are judged broadly by this behavior? Are Palestinians “sick people” also?

      • annie
        annie
        March 25, 2018, 12:53 pm

        “to clean away the graves of the Jews.”

        i find it really interesting this particular sentence has quotemarks around it. as far as i know, there is only one source for it, Israel: The Story of a Miracle by Morris Mandel, Leo Gartenberg. 1969 Jonathan David Publishers, NY. at google books, no other books come up citing this quote. this is also the source for Around 4,000 tombstones were removed.

        i’m just wondering, if there is another source for this information besides Morris Mandel and Leo Gartenberg’s book. for both the quote and the allegation of 4000 tombstones being removed. wiki is not always the best source. that’s a lot of tombstones, i’m sure it would be recorded somewhere else but i can’t seem to find other sources.

      • amigo
        amigo
        March 25, 2018, 12:54 pm

        Jon 66,

        What about Terry.

      • eljay
        eljay
        March 25, 2018, 12:59 pm

        || John: @Jon66

        All you needed to say was that desecrating anyone’s grave was unacceptable. ||

        Jon66 chose instead to highlight one of the pillars of Zionism: Acts of injustice and immorality committed against Jews justify acts of injustice and immorality committed by Jews.

      • Jon66
        Jon66
        March 25, 2018, 2:03 pm

        Eljay,
        If you had read my replies you will see that I am not justifying the behavior. In fact, I condemn it. But you avoided my point, which is why does this behavior say something profound about Israeli society, but the same behavior is not taken to hold the same diagnosis of Palestinian society?

        The principle seems to be that if an Israeli does it its indicative of a deranged society and if a Palestinian does it its either justified or irrelevant.

      • Jon66
        Jon66
        March 25, 2018, 2:06 pm

        Annie,
        I believe it has quotes because they were quoting a source.
        When you consider that there are estimates that there may be over 200,000 graves there the numbers don’t seem extreme.

      • Jon66
        Jon66
        March 25, 2018, 2:09 pm

        Amigo,
        I spoke with Terry. He agrees with me.

      • eljay
        eljay
        March 25, 2018, 2:32 pm

        || Jon66: Eljay,
        If you had read my replies you will see that I am not justifying the behavior. In fact, I condemn it. But you avoided my point … ||

        At the time I submitted my previous comment, your comment of March 25, 2018, 12:38 pm had not yet posted. So as far as I could tell:
        – you had not condemned the behaviour; but
        – you had made a point of engaging in whataboutism.

      • amigo
        amigo
        March 25, 2018, 3:54 pm

        “The principle seems to be that if an Israeli does it its indicative of a deranged society and if a Palestinian does it its either justified or irrelevant.” Jon 66

        Israel is a sick society.
        Why else would it be rated the 3rd most hated society on the planet over the last decade.

        The reason these so called officers , carried out this crime in the open is that they are aware that the society they represent would applaud their actions.

        Look at the leaders Israeli society elects.

        You don,t really want to venture into making comparisons between a people who rob/steal/murder/oppress / expel/abuse minors/carry out night raids/spray skunk juice , etc etc and the actions of their victims.

        Your Israeli society is terminally ill.

      • Jon66
        Jon66
        March 25, 2018, 4:34 pm

        Amigo,
        Assuming your info is correct, there may be many reasons why Israel is “hated”. You have one theory, but I don’t see where you have any evidence.

        It might be nice if you addressed the two circumstances and explained why they differed instead of telling me that I don’t want to draw comparisons. I do wish to draw a comparison in these narrow circumstances and would like to know why it is appropriate to draw wide conclusions about these acts from Israeli actions but not from essentially the same Palestinian/Jordanian actions?

        BTW, Terry still agrees with me.

      • Jon66
        Jon66
        March 25, 2018, 4:40 pm

        Eljay,

        The comments draw wide conclusions about Israeli society based upon grave desecration. I don’t think it’s whataboutism to compare this to the reaction to similar behavior amongst Palestinians. For example, here is a recent MW article comparing Israeli and Palestinian offenders and their sentences. http://mondoweiss.net/2018/03/israeli-community-service/
        Is this whataboutism also? Can you explain to me why it’s invalid to compare these actions? If a commenter mentions “Zionist terrorism” in the 1940s in an article detailing with a current Palestinian terror attack is that whataboutism also?

      • eljay
        eljay
        March 25, 2018, 6:00 pm

        || Jon66: Eljay,

        The comments draw wide conclusions about Israeli society based upon grave desecration. I don’t think it’s whataboutism to compare this to the reaction to similar behavior amongst Palestinians. … ||

        John O made the point that you keep dancing around: “All you needed to say was that desecrating anyone’s grave was unacceptable.”

        || … For example, here is a recent MW article comparing Israeli and Palestinian offenders and their sentences. http://mondoweiss.net/2018/03/israeli-community-service/
        Is this whataboutism also? … ||

        Which part of that article do you feel demonstrates whataboutism?

        || … If a commenter mentions “Zionist terrorism” in the 1940s in an article detailing with a current Palestinian terror attack is that whataboutism also? ||

        Using previous acts of terrorism to justify current acts of terrorism is whataboutism. You should know because Zionists like you do it all the time.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        March 26, 2018, 1:23 pm

        “Using previous acts of terrorism to justify current acts of terrorism is…”

        Oh, the delights of saving and investing every wrong ever done a Jew, and having it bear interest. And then presenting it when the rate-of-exchange is favorable.
        Thank God we are a literary culture. Can you imagine trying to learn all that by oral transmission?

  8. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    March 25, 2018, 9:35 am

    @Jon66
    Remember Jon it is 2018 not 1948. The civilised world has moved on and the understanding in civilised countries of what of real democracy means has evolved. In Israel`s case it has abandoned evolution is regressing towards Stone Age tribalism at a rate of knots.

    In any event do please read again in full as opposed to selectively the Forward article which you linked earlier. The Zio ethnic cleansing in Palestine has left behind hundreds of destroyed and desecrated Palestinian Arab cemeteries.

    • Jon66
      Jon66
      March 25, 2018, 12:45 pm

      Ossinev,
      I agree. Whatever may have happened decades ago, it is unacceptable to desecrate any grave today.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        March 25, 2018, 11:45 pm

        Palestinian land stolen for burying is still stolen and must be given back.
        MW censors seem to favor the theft.

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