Grave desecration in a Palestinian graveyard outraged the inhabitants who fear the same fate for their loved ones. Israeli Bulldozers ruined the graveyard to build a park.
Israeli construction equipment began bulldozing the earth in and around a Palestinian graveyard to give space to the so-called “Biblical Trail.” Biblical Trail is a series of amusement parks at the southern parts of the city.
An Israeli judge granted the clearing work authority yesterday. This occurs while the corpses of Jordanian troops had previously been moved and uncovered in an area of the cemetery that Israeli officials allege is “unauthorized.”
That heinous act instilled many Palestinians a reasonable fear that their buried loved ones might meet the same Grave desecration. The pledges for the protection of “authorized burial places” – whatever that implies – have done nothing to assuage Palestinian anxieties.
The park, which will start working less than a year later, is a blasphemous attack on the historic graveyard, as a Jerusalem’s Grand Mufti described it. “The graves of human beings cannot be violated no matter the gender, nationality or religion,” Sheikh Muhammad Hussein told Reuters.
Direct reports from the scene shows that Digger trucks are actively leveling soil in the backdrop of the “authorized” Muslim burial grounds. It didn’t sit well with a Palestinian woman who laid herself on her son’s tomb like a human shield. It was both a disobedience against the Grave desecration, motivated by her love and passion to preserve her lost. “They keep threatening to bulldoze the graves. This is the pinnacle of brutality.”
The mother’s vow to preserve the dignity of her son’s tomb received extreme firepower, as one might expect. She was flanked by dozens of armed-to-the-teeth Israeli policeman as she grieved and clutched her son’s headstone. Bulldozers were hovering around the entire time.
Grave Desecration after Human Desecration
Nababteh, the mother, fought the cops as much as she could, leaning her weight to the tombstone for some time. An Israeli security man seized her by the chest, who forcefully shoved her away. Police used “batons, stun grenades, and a skunk water cannon” to scatter the anxious Palestinian citizens who had congregated nearby.
“I will continue to stay with my son 24 hours a day. Even if they kill me, I will not leave here. I will not allow the removal of my son’s grave.” This was the mourning mother’s response.
Nababteh’s destiny and grave site for the son will ultimately be a subject to Israeli decision. Global regulations, human rights conventions, and human dignity are subject to grave desecration. Palestinian citizens, under Israeli occupying force, have little control over their lives and fates. The place for an ever-rest is no exception here.
Arieh King, Jerusalem high-rank city official, does not share a similar viewpoint. He believes that the forceful eviction of Nababteh was for her personal safety. He further explained that the mother must be happyfor the destruction plan and Grave desecration in the vicinity of the cemetery because the amusement facility will facilitate the way to the Old Jerusalem.
Arieh King is not a new name in Palestinian controversies. His racist remarks about the religious ceremonies of Muslims during election campaigns have infuriated the Palestinians before. He analogized Islamic prayer call to a rooster’s crow. Besides, he also had an active role in Sheikh Jarrah eviction dispute last year.
The Grave desecration of Palestinian by Israeli follows long years of disputes over the ownership and inhabitation of the lands. En route, human dignities have been subject to desecration further fueling the crisis and tensions in the old land of Palestine.