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  Elul 4, 5769 , 24/08/09

Court Hearing on Tzipori Grave on Monday

A court in Tiberias is scheduled on Monday to determine whether or not a Tzipori bed and breakfast operator can dig around an ancient grave discovered this past winter in a yard on his property. Mitch Pilcer told Arutz 7's Hebrew news journal that a tombstone for Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Levi was discovered on the site as he prepared to expand his facility. He added the letters on the tombstone were well preserved. Archaeologists he called examined the site, covered it up and examined it again a month ago.

The Israel Antiquities Authority informed Pilcer a week ago that they wanted to excavate the site without the necessary permits. Fearing demonstrations claiming debasement of the honor of the dead, Pilcer turned to the court to bar excavation without the necessary permits.

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