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Haredi Rally for Muslim Graveyard?

Posted in Anti-Loons with tags , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by loonwatch

What do people think of this story? Haredim demand respect for Muslim grave site, and demand the contractor to pour a layer of concrete before they start building. Is it enough to pour concrete before they build or should it be left untouched? This also brings up the case of the Simon Wiesenthal Center which is building a “Museum of tolerance” over an ancient and historic Muslim graveyard.

Contractor bows to Haredi pressure to protect Muslim gravesite

by Yuval Azoulay

In the face of pressure from ultra-Orthodox activists, a contractor in Yavne has agreed to pour a layer of concrete at his own expense – one million shekels – before constructing a building on a suspected gravesite.

The ultra-Orthodox protesters, who speak out against such projects on religious grounds, were apparently unphased by the fact that the graves in question appear to be Islamic tombs dating to the seventh century.

The project consists of two eight-story apartment buildings.

When construction of the first one began some years ago, builders discovered ancient tombs and ritual objects, which they carefully brought to the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. Some of the tombs were relocated and thereafter the building was completed with little incident.

When contractor Yossi Vaknin purchased the rights for the second part of the plan, he found himself facing the ultra-Orthodox organization “Atra Kadisha” (“Holy Sites” ), which threatened to cause a scandal because of the tombs found under the first building.

“We don’t care if these are Jews, Muslims or Christians,” Atra Kadisha activist Arahle Yekter told Haaretz. “A tomb is like a home. The dead person purchased the land in which he will lie for his eternal rest, and this rest must never be interrupted in any way.”

On Tuesday, the Antiquities Authority had planned to commence its routine procedure of rescuing valuable archeological artifacts before allowing a new building to be constructed. That same day, dozens of ultra-Orthodox protesters were bused from Jerusalem to Yavne. The archeologists never arrived, but the site has clearly been designated as a new contested area.

A welcomed promise

Atra Kadisha and other ultra-Orthodox activists stressed this week that the disagreement could blow up into a genuine crisis.

“We have thousands of people who can leave Jerusalem and Kiryat Sefer on tens of buses if the Antiquities Authority decides to excavate the site,” Yekter said.

Sources close to the dispute told Haaretz that Vaknin had been aware there was a risk of finding tombs on the site when he purchased the construction rights for the project. They said that after some negotiations, the contractor agreed not to dig a foundation for the building and instead pour a concrete “bed” on which the building would be constructed.

The contractor’s promise was welcomed by the ultra-Orthodox, who felt reassured that no deceased seventh-century Muslim will be disturbed by the building project. Vaknin, who describes himself as an observant man, will cover the cost of the concrete bed – estimated at NIS 1 million.

The Antiquities Authority said this week that they were not aware of the arrangement, but welcomed it. “If there is such an understanding, we’re only waiting for a commitment from the contractor to build the concrete layer, which will spare us the need to do any rescue digs,” the authority’s Tel Aviv district director said. “We’re interested in antiquities, not fights.”

Vaknin – about to pay out a million shekels to honor non-Jews nobody knows who have been dead for over 1,300 years – said he had a simple hope: “Having honored Atra Kadisha, I only expect one thing – for this to end quickly and amicably.”


Britain:Muslim Graves Desecrated in Manchester

Posted in Loon Blogs, Loon-at-large with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2009 by loonwatch

Britain: Muslim Graves Desecrated in Manchester

Muslim Graves Desecrated by Nazis
Muslim Graves Desecrated by Nazis

Muslim graves in Manchester have been desecrated, but of course Islamophobia doesn’t “exist.” No doubt the anti-Muslim blogosphere will say that this is just resistance to so-called “Islamization” and from Europe turning into a Eurabia.  Can we expect swift condemnations from the “preserver’s of European culture?” (hat tip: Islamophobia-Watch)

Muslim Graves Targeted in Hate Attacks

October 02, 2009

UP to 20 Muslim graves have been vandalised in a racially motivated attack at a south Manchester cemetery.

Vandals struck at the Southern Cemetery on Barlow Moor Road sometime overnight on Thursday.

Staff arrived at the cemetery to find up to 20 gravestones had been deliberately pushed over, and a number had broken.

The attack is being treated as racially motivated as only Muslim graves were targeted.

Det Con Rob Southern said: “This is the worst sort of vandalism imaginable. The graves of your loved ones should be a place where they can rest peacefully and that is absolutely sacrosanct.

“The families of those whose graves have been vandalised will be rightly traumatised and deeply upset. If we do catch the people who committed these atrocious acts, then they should be made to see the grief and pain they have caused.

“Sadly, we are treating this as a hate crime as only the Muslim section of gravestones were attacked. This sort of mindless, racist behaviour must be utterly condemned and I’m sure the whole community will be outraged.

“That is why it is so important we find the culprits. Please, if you do know who was responsible then call us because this is a very serious crime and the families who have suffered such indignity deserve justice.”

We have this on point commentary by Islamophobia-Watch,

Who Incites Hatred against Muslims in Manchester?
The impact of Saturday’s planned English Defence League demonstration in Manchester has rightly been highlighted in coverage of the desecration of Muslim graves in the city’s Southern Cemetery. But the role of the British National Party in inciting hatred against Manchester’s Muslim community should not be ignored.

In recent weeks the BNP have conducted a hysterical campaign (“Genocide: how Islamic colonisation destroys your heritage”) against the conversion of a derelict church in Longsight into an Islamic Centre. The BNP made a particular issue of what they falsely claimed was the demolition of the (long disused) cemetery:

“The bloodless genocide and ethnic cleansing of the British people and culture continues apace with the latest example being the ripping up of a century old Christian cemetery to make way for a mosque in Manchester. The grave desecrations, being carried out with a large Komatsu earthmover in the graveyard of the St John the Apostle and Evangelist church at the corner of Holmfirth Street and St John’s Road, is part of the re-opening of this nineteenth century church as the Dar-ul-Ulum Qadria Jilania ‘Islamic Centre’….

“These Christian British graves – the only remnant of the now ethnically cleansed British people in the area – are obviously offensive to the Muslim colonisers, who have brought in the earthmoving machine to smash up the gravestones which are being literally crushed to rubble. St John the Apostle and Evangelist church is a real time history lesson of what will happen to Britain unless the insane multicultural Lib/Lab/Con genocidal policies of mass Third World immigration are not only brought to an end, but reversed.”

Of course, in line with their new respectable image, the lesson drawn by the BNP is that the “indigenous population” should cast a vote for their party in elections: “The British voters will soon be faced with a choice between their continued extermination at the hands of the Lib/Lab/Con ethnic cleansing party, or their survival as a free and independent indigenous people with the BNP.”

But it is hardly surprising that this sort of inflammatory language should have motivated some of the BNP’s supporters to take more direct action against the “Muslim colonisers”.