Israel has approved plans to build a residential neighborhood on the ruins of an ancient Muslim cemetery in West Jerusalem, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.
The District Committee for Planning and Building in occupied Jerusalem, last week, has approved the construction of a huge project on land for the Ma’man Allah historic Islamic cemetery, on which an Israeli school was already built. The land will also be used for settlement housing of 192 residential units, a 480-room hotel and a shopping mall on the ruins of historic Muslim cemetery.
According to the PNN, those Israeli occupation authorities pushed to execute the project on the land even though it is Islamic Waqf (property) that cannot be seized.
Graves and human remains have been found in the cemetery, according Israel’s Antiquities Authority.
Al-Aqsa foundation for Waqf and heritage, a Palestinian NGO, blasted the project,
Israeli authorities in Jerusalem, through this project, were continuing to Judaize the Islamic cemetery, violating all the laws and conventions which ban desecrating sanctuaries under any occupation, the NGO said in a statement.
The cemetery, it added, “will remain a part of our Islamic heritage despite Israel’s attempts to distort Jerusalem’s Arab and Islamic history."
Israeli authorities have targeted the cemetery for years. They have established different projects including parks, hotels, schools and shopping centers on the land, violating even the rights of the dead.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the city of Jerusalem in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state in a move never recognized by the international community.. Tags: #
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