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  9/2/2014, Elul 7, 5774

Spain Renewing Jewish Historical Sites for Profit?

Just outside the 11th-century walls that surround Avila in central Spain, rows of granite slabs surrounded by neatly trimmed grass mark the spot where ancient Jewish graves lay.

Local authorities spent 250,000 euros ($335,000) to build the memorial garden, which opened last year, on the grounds of a medieval Jewish cemetery in what used to be an empty field behind a monastery - a move criticized by some as being a ploy to increase tourism.