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Mt. Of Olives Cemetery Desecrated; Dogs Take Over Gravestones

Visitors to the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem have been shocked to find that dogs are using broken monuments for shelter from the elements.
By David Lev
First Publish: 11/22/2009, 4:06 PM / Last Update: 11/22/2009, 4:14 PM

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I observed a pack of dogs, including dozens of puppies, living among the broken gravestones. This situation is intolerable.
Chaim Miller, director of the Movement for the Citizens of Jerusalem, said Sunday that in recent weeks visitors to the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem have been shocked to find that dogs have been using broken monuments in the cemetery for shelter from the elements. The monuments, toppled by Arabs, are convenient places for the dogs to take up residence and to shelter their puppies, Miller said.

"Over the weekend, I got a call from a panicked and hysterical family who went to visit the grave of a relative at the cemetery," Miller said. "They asked me to come quickly to one of the newer sections of the cemetery, so that I could see with my own eyes the horrible sight they discovered. When I arrived, I was shocked – there are dozens of gravestones that appear to have been methodically broken by Arab vandals who frequent the site.

"To my utter dismay, I observed a pack of dogs, including dozens of puppies, living among the broken gravestones," Miller continued. "This situation is intolerable and demands the immediate intervention of all the authorities who are supposed to be doing something about security at the Mt. Of Olives," he added.

In a recent Knesset meeting, it was decided that the directors of four government offices would meet to decide on how to restore order and safety to the site, and Miller said that his organization would work to ensure that the decision was carried out. "We intend to ensure that there will finally be a solution to ensuring the honor of those buried in the cemetery and the establishment of a security patrol that will ensure the safety of thousands of families that come to visit their loved ones at the site," Miller said.