They paved paradise and put up a…
For the last 40 years Mohammed Hamdi Bader has left his tailor’s shop in the Old City once a month and taken a short walk to the heart of west Jerusalem where he prayed close to his grandfather’s grave.
But the 49-year-old Palestinian father-of-five can no longer reach the grave and he’s furious about it.
The Maamam Allah cemetery, which is at least 1,000 years old, has become a building site.
The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Centre is constructing a Museum of Tolerance on the cemetery. The centre says the museum will seek to promote “unity and respect among Jews and between people of all faiths”.
The project has raised the ire of the Muslim community in the city. There have been accusations that exhumed remains have been damaged.
Despite a temporary injunction on work at the site issued by the Islamic Court – a division of the Israeli justice system – Israeli archaeologists and developers have continued excavating remains at the cemetery, says Durgham Saif, a Palestinian lawyer. [source]
So your grandfather’s grave has just been dug up so that his cemetery can get paved over for a “Museum of Tolerance”…
What would you do?