Foundation: Muslim graves destroyed in Jerusalem

Published today (updated) 11/01/2011 22:18

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – The Al-Aqsa Foundation said Tuesday that extremist Jews vandalized 20 graves in the historic Mamilla cemetery in West Jerusalem overnight Monday.

The foundation said one of its officials, Fawwaz Hasan, visited the cemetery and found some graves completely destroyed while the tombstones had been removed from others.

The attack was “another chain in the series of abominable acts” committed against the cemetery, the organization said.

The Mamilla cemetery is believed to date as far back as the 7th century. Companions of the Prophet Muhammad were reputedly buried there, as well as Sufi saints and thousands of other officials, scholars, notables and Jerusalem families.

In 2009, over 1,500 graves were disinterred by the Jerusalem Municipality to make way for a controversial Museum of Tolerance, funded by the US Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Maan News Agency: Foundation: Muslim graves destroyed in Jerusalem.




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