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  6/12/2013, Tammuz 4, 5773

MKs to Fight Vandalism at Mount of Olives Cemetery


The Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment committee met on Wednesday to discuss preserving the Mount of Olives cemetery, considered the oldest Jewish cemetery in the world. The session was proposed by Member of Knesset Avraham Michaeli (Shas) who said that the Jerusalem historic landmark suffered from "neglect, vandalism, filth and an illegally built mosque." He added, "the Mount of Olives cemetery is dear to all world Jewry, but for a long time families have been afraid to visit the graves of their loved ones. Rock throwing incidents persist despite the existence of a new police station." He lamented that graves of famous rabbis are in danger and even graves located near the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin have been desecrated.