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"Cemetery into Business Centre" - From 1945 'Palestine Post' Newspaper

"Cemetery into Business Centre"-Palestine Post 1945

From the archives of Tel Aviv University

Dear SWC Supporter,

Below is a news article from the November 22, 1945 Palestine Post newspaper culled from the archives of Tel Aviv University, detailing Arab plans for the Mamilla Cemetery. See the full hypocrisy of those who are challenging the unanimous Israeli Supreme Court decision in the Simon Wiesenthal Center's favor. We are only building on the former municipal car park of Jerusalem. Read what was planned for the actual cemetery itself.

Rabbi Marvin Hier
SWC Dean & Founder

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TEXT OF THE ABOVE ARTICLE:

CEMETERY INTO BUSINESS CENTRE

An area of over 450 dunams in the heart of Jerusalem, now forming the Mamillah Cemetery, is to be converted into a business centre. The townplan is being completed under the supervision of the Supreme Moslem Council in conjunction with the Government Town Planning Adviser. A six-storeyed building to house the Supreme Moslem Council and other offices, a four-storeyed hotel, a bank and other buildings suitable for a college, a club and a factory are to be the main structures. There will also be a park to be called the Salah ed Din Park, after the Moslem warrior of Crusader times.

The remains buried in the Cemetery are being transfer red to a spot round the tomb of al Sayid al Kurashi, ancestor of the Dajani family, in a 40 dunams walled reserve.

In an interview with “Al Wihda,” the Jerusalem weekly, a member of the Supreme Moslem Council stated that the use of Moslem cemeteries in the public interest had many precedents both in Palestine and elsewhere. He quoted the cases of the Bab al Sahira (Herod’s Gate) Cemetery, which formerly stretched down Saint Stephen‘s Gate; the Jaffa Cemetery, which was converted into a commercial centre and Queen Farida Square in Cairo, which not long ago was a cemetery.

The member added that the Supreme Moslem Council intended to publish a statement containing dispensations by Egyptian, Hejazi and Damascene clerics sanctioning the building programme. He pointed out that the work would be carried out in stages and by public tender. Several companies had already been formed in anticipation, and funds were plentiful, the correspondent concluded.

 
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