Zahalka demands a halt to the excavations at cemetery

[ PIC 23/07/2012 – 06:02 PM ]

JAFFA, (PIC)– An Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, Jamal Zahalka, has denounced excavations made by the University of Tel Aviv at the cemetery of the village of Sheikh Mons in Jaffa.

In a letter sent to the rector of Tel Aviv University, the MK called for “an immediate halt to all excavations in the cemetery”.

He described the excavations as a desecration of the sanctity of the dead and a dangerous provocation to the religious, national, and humanitarian sentiments of the Arab and Muslim people.

The Israeli company Shikun and Binui is carrying out huge excavations at the cemetery of the village of Sheikh Mons, destroyed in 1948, to pave the way for building student hostels and a shopping mall.

The excavations were discovered during a field tour for a delegation of the Aqsa Foundation.

Israel was not content with confiscating the village’s land, after forcibly evicting its inhabitants, and establishing a university on its ruins, so it went on and desecrated the village’s cemetery as well, Zahalka said, noting that the act is prohibited by all religions and international laws.

He called on the university’s administration and concerned authorities to build a fence around the cemetery to protect it from any further defilement.


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