American Visitors Shocked by Jerusalem Cemetery Desecration

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 |  Israel Today Staff

A group of visiting Americans were shocked this week to discover the extent of the nearly daily desecration perpetrated at the large Jewish cemetery situated on the western slopes of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

A delegation from Americans For a Safe Israel (AFSI) were taken to the cemetery by Jerusalem city councilman Aryeh King as part of their tour of the capital. While there, the Americans witnessed first-hand the widespread destruction of Jewish graves at perhaps the most prominent Jewish burial place on earth.

What’s worse, King informed the group, is that the perpetrators of this ongoing crime are almost never dealt with by police for fear of eliciting further Palestinian Arab violence.

“What we saw was appalling and cries out for justice,” wrote AFSI Director Helen Freedman following the visit.

The AFSI group also paid a visit to fortified Jewish kindergartens in the Maaleh Hazeitim neighborhood on the Mount of Olives. The kindergartens recently came under attack by Arab assailants hurling stones and firebombs at the young Jewish students.

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