Arab League squeals as Israel removes fake Muslim graves

Monday, August 09, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

The Arab League at the weekend dramatically condemned Israel's "heinous crime" of removing a number of phony Muslim graves that had only recently been erected in a downtown Jerusalem park.

The eastern corner of Independence Park in downtown Jerusalem is indeed home to a small centuries-old Muslim graveyard. The graveyard is under the supervision of the same Islamic Trust (Waqf) that administers the Temple Mount.

Last week, an Arutz 7 radio reporter discovered that Waqf bulldozers and trucks operating at the site were not only refurbishing the old graves, but were actually erecting new graves in areas of the park not previously part of the cemetery.

Of course, no one was buried under the new graves, which were merely an attempt to extend Waqf control over the central Jerusalem park.

In response, the Jerusalem Municipality removed the phony graves, prompting Arab League Assistant Secretary General for Palestinian Affairs Mohamed Sobeih to lash out at the Jewish state in hopes of creating an international incident.

"The Arab League is closely following up this heinous crime," said Sobeih. "Israel is destroying the Muslims' graves when Arabs are restoring the Jewish ones everywhere in the world."

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