AF: IOA wants to wipe historical Mamanullah cemetery from memory

[ 08/07/2011 – 03:18 PM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Aqsa Foundation that caters for Muslim holy shrines in occupied Palestine, has warned Thursday that the Israeli plan to put a fence on what remained of Mamanullah cemetery was meant to wipe the historical cemetery from memory.

In a statement it issued on this regard, the foundation explained that the IOA had been striving hard to remove the cemetery from memory of history being the biggest and oldest Muslim cemetery in occupied Palestine occupying nearly 200000 sq meters of land.

The foundation added that the persistent Israeli aggression on the cemetery since the Israeli occupation of Palestine started in 1948 left the cemetery with only 23000 sq meters only.

Nevertheless, the IOA continued its measures against the cemetery on allegations it wants to develop the city and the location, including a plan to build the “tolerance” museum on bodies of Muslims buried in it.

The IOA alleged it was ready to finance cleaning and renovation of what remained of the cemetery in addition to finance “vital” projects in occupied Jerusalem and in the 1948-occupied Palestinian lands.

But the foundation warned that such Israeli plans were meant to impose facts on the ground and to tell the Palestinians that the area of the graveyard is this much, pointing out that the IOA had been searching for a Palestinian party that could buy their allegations but failed.

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