Extremists vandalise old Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem

By AFP
Published: February 15, 2013
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Municipal workers erase the words "Price Tag" spray painted in Hebrew on a gravestone at the Mamun Allah cemetery, an old Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem on February 14, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Municipal workers erase the words "Price Tag" spray painted in Hebrew on a gravestone at the Mamun Allah cemetery, an old Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem on February 14, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

JERUSALEM: Suspected Jewish extremists scrawled anti-Arab graffiti on the headstones in an ancient Muslim cemetery in west Jerusalem, police and witnesses told AFP on Thursday.

“The words ‘price tag’ and Stars of David were scrawled on around a dozen tombs in the Muslim cemetery in Mamilla in central Jerusalem,” a police spokeswoman told AFP, saying an inquiry had been opened.

An AFP correspondent at the scene said the vandals had also written “Maale Rehavam” on the tombs some of which date back to the 12th century.

Price tag is a euphemism for hate crimes carried out by Israeli extremists which generally target Palestinians or Arabs and their property.

Such incident often take place in retaliation for Israeli government moves to dismantle unauthorised settler outposts, with Thursday’s vandalism apparently linked to the removal of six caravans from the Maale Rehavam outpost in the southern West Bank a day earlier.

The move sparked angry protests by settlers and their supporters in and around Jerusalem.

There have been several attacks on Mamilla graveyard, known in Arabic as Ma’man Allah cemetery, which dates from the 12th century and is the resting place of several Sufi saints.

Descendants of those interred in the west Jerusalem cemetery say it also houses the remains of soldiers and officials of legendary Muslim ruler Saladin.

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  • Adeel
    Feb 15, 2013 - 1:58PM

    Now, who is extremist? US should throw drones at Israel.

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  • Kaafir
    Feb 15, 2013 - 4:37PM

    @Adeel:
    still better than suicide bombing school buses & restaurants.

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  • antanu g
    Feb 15, 2013 - 6:34PM

    just imagined…had this happened in pakistan ….?

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  • Adeel
    Feb 15, 2013 - 6:36PM

    @kaafir, Firstly, its not muslims who do suicide bombing. Do some research, who ever have been caught says they have been funded by india, israel or usa. Rest of who says they are taliban, do some research again. Taliban aren’t muslims, perhaps a group of people who usa and israel were friends with and they used talibans help to fight against russia so that russia doesn’t stays world super power.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Feb 15, 2013 - 9:49PM

    @Kaafir,
    Imagine this happend to a jewsh cemetery ??? and by the way who is giving reason and what else they got they dont have drones and mass destruction weapons which is given to israel by civilized world ..

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  • Kaafir
    Feb 15, 2013 - 11:12PM

    @Adeel:
    Did you mention research ? good.. I went online & typed suicide the auto-suggest immediately came up with a very usefull page dedicated to palestinian suicide bombers & that page is on wiki pedia :
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ListofPalestiniansuicideattacks

    Wikipedia again comes up with another page simply titled suicide attack

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_attack

    If this page opens in your computer you might want to read section 6.2 which has a dozen paragraphs answering your question on who is a suicide bomber.
    It is quite explicit in quotes specifying from where these bombers get the inspiration from.

    As far as funding is concerned I have something enlightning for you check this out
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listofcharitiesaccusedoftiesto_terrorism

    Next time research before you comment.Ciao

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  • DevilHunterX
    Feb 16, 2013 - 12:23AM

    So Israel copying Pakistan again. Remember the Ahmadi’s grave site incident?

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  • Butt
    Feb 16, 2013 - 12:33AM

    @antanu g:
    Do not be that dumb or naive. It always happens in Pakistan.They must have learnt from you.Recommend

  • B
    Feb 16, 2013 - 12:35AM

    @Adeel:
    ‘Firstly, its not muslims who do suicide bombing. Do some research, who ever have been caught says they have been funded by india, israel or usa.’

    Now your establishment wants to hold peace talks with them. ShameRecommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Feb 16, 2013 - 1:13AM

    @Adeel:
    Wow, please provide some credible references (conspiracy bloggers not accepted) for your comment that “whoever has been caught says they are funded by India, Israel, or USA”!!!
    You should be able to give us a list of documents and web sites you used for reference! NOT!
    As for “Taliban aren’t Muslims”, then please tell us WHY they want to impose their extreme version of Islam on the country???

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  • Adeel
    Feb 16, 2013 - 2:29AM

    People, have you ever heard of conspiracy theory? Ever heard of illuminati? Websites, including wikipedia are the perspectives that zionists want to show to the world. That’s why even the Pakistani media, they never show good news of happenings in Pakistan major cities. Instead they prefer showing each and every bit of bad news even if its at a 1000km far small village. So by asking you to do some research, i didn’t meant to you just jump to wikipedia. They say what zionists want them to say!

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  • Adeel
    Feb 16, 2013 - 2:35AM

    Also just read the Suicide attack wikipedia page 6.2. It says that its clear in Islam that suicide attacks are sinful and they aren’t part of Islam. Infact some people use to justify by their suicide attacks. Anyways, just read the first paragraph…..

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  • Ashamed
    Feb 16, 2013 - 3:36AM

    This story about Israeli extremists is not all that different from Muslim extremists who destroy old Hindu Temples in Pakistan!

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  • gp65
    Feb 16, 2013 - 6:27AM

    @antanu g: “just imagined…had this happened in pakistan ….?”

    No need to imagine. 100 Ahmadi graves were desecrated in the poshest part of Lahore just last year. Not one politcian said one word against it.

    That was wrong and so is this.

    At least let the dead rest in peace.

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  • gp65
    Feb 16, 2013 - 6:34AM

    **@Ali Tanoli: “@Kaafir,
    Imagine this happend to a jewsh cemetery ??? and by the way who is giving reason and what else they got they dont have drones and mass destruction weapons which is given to israel by civilized world ..”

    Firstly, I don’t condone what happened here. Secondly, as you are aware not one politican spoke up when a 100 Ahmadi graves were desecrated in Lahore. Not just that even the grave of the only Pakistani nobel prize winner was also scratched out. So this is not something that should shock Pakistanis so much.

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  • Kaafir
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:50AM

    @Adeel:
    You are a joke adeel , 1st you said these sites are are funded & maintained by Zionist.Then you say that section 6.2 says suicides arent allowed according to islam.Dude you need serious help.

    To answer you 1st question about zionist controlling the media.- well they will coz they are busy winning Nobel prizes, inventing new technology & busy sending their children to school & not to a madrassa .
    & about Islam not permitting suicide .. well it does not permit a lot of stuff.But muslims do it anyway.
    Yea research does not mean throwing fancy words around ,, it means information which is credible & legible.Idiot.

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