mamilla- cynicism on all sides - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Joe
    • 20.05.10 | 16:20 (IDT)

    As a physical anthropologist, formerly with the IAA I turned to our colleagues in the occupied areas with the hope that for the sake of the profession and those buried there that we undertake a joint project to remove the skeletons. From past experience I knew that it would turn out bad, unless we removed the skeletons together. Unfortunately they never replied and it was left up to the IAA. Instead of bringing it experts in cemetery removal, they decided to do it alone as if it was a top secret operation. As for the haredim, they from past experience are only concerned about human remains when there's something in it for them. I once exc in Ramot an ancient Jewish cemetery with ossuaries, the haredim showed up, saw the Jewish ossuaries and left without saying a word as the project was slated for haredim housing. As for that whole area, what the IAA did back in the 90's to keep business owners happy in the new Mamilla project, the situation there was ten times worse. The haredim protested as well as the business owners the latter fearing that religious Jews would not come to the hotel there if they knew human remains were there. The IAA in effect destroyed one of the most important Christian tombs ever discovered in Israel, thousands of skeletons in the dark of night and the religious businessmen were satisfied and life went on....

    from the article: Following Haaretz report: Arabs to resume Museum of Tolerance battle
    First published 04:37 20.05.10 | Last updated 04:37 20.05.10
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