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Resurrection of the Dead: New Police Presence on the Mount of Olives


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Harvey Schwartz and Jeff Daube of the International Committee for the Preservation of Har HaZeitim.

Under the 19 year Jordanian occupation of these parts, from 1948-1967, no Jews were allowed on the Mount of Olives. In this period, forty-thousand graves were destroyed, with many headstones used as building material. The police and Har HaZeitim activists hope that the renewed Jewish presence on the mount, along with vigorous efforts for preservation and stronger security, will ensure that the dead and the living can rest easy.

There are 150,000 Jewish tombs on the Mount of Olives, going back 3,000 years to the present day.

About the Author: Yishai Fleisher is the Contributing Editor and PR manager at the JewishPress.com, and Israel's only English language broadcast radio show host (Galey Yisrael 106.5FM). Yishai is an Israeli Paratrooper, a graduate of Cardozo Law School, and the founder of Kumah ("Arise" in Hebrew), an NGO dedicated to promoting Zionism and strengthening Israel's national character. Yishai is married to Malkah, they have two children, and they live on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


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