OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Al-Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage called for urgent action to save the Islamic historical cemetery Mamanullah in occupied Jerusalem from destruction and Judaization.
This came in an urgent letter addressed to the Arab League, the organization of Islamic cooperation, the Muslim world league, and the international union for Muslim scholars as well as the embassies of Egypt, Turkey and Jordan.
“Mamanullah cemetery in occupied Jerusalem is one of the oldest Palestinian burial grounds where a galaxy of the Prophet’s companions, their followers, religious scholars, mujahideen and dignitaries of Jerusalem are buried throughout history, but this cemetery has been targeted by the occupation authorities since the Palestinian Nakba until today,” its letter highlighted.
“[The occupation] appropriated about 85 percent of its area and turned it into public parks and roads, and established on it buildings, institutions, schools and playgrounds,” the foundation added.
Head of the foundation Zaki Ighbariya explained in the letter that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) wiped out dozens of ancient graves and embarked on building the foundations for Judaization projects, most notably, a museum, a café and a dog zone.
He appealed for immediate Arab and Muslim moves to salvage the cemetery and stop its desecration by the Israeli regime.
In a related context, the Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage reported on Wednesday that the Israeli municipal council and its construction companies started a few days ago to complete their destruction of the whole cemetery of Mamanullah in order to expand its Judaization projects.
It said that the Israeli workmen established infrastructure projects in new areas of the cemetery, including a network of water pipelines
Fawaz Hasan, an official from the Aqsa foundation, visited the cemetery on Wednesday and witnessed the new violations.
He called on the Arab and Muslim governments to hasten to save the oldest and largest historical Islamic cemetery in occupied Palestine.