100 Orthodox Rabbis Condemn 'Arab Vandalism' of Jerusalem Cemetery

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau among rabbis expressing 'deep concern' over defacement at Jerusalem's Mount of Olives cemetery.

Tess Scheflan

More than 100 rabbis have signed a petition calling for steps to be taken against vandalism at the cemetery in Jerusalem's Mount of Olives.

In the press release, titled "A statement of concern about attacks on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives cemetery"  the signatories write they are "deeply troubled by recent news reports that Arab extremists have been desecrating Jewish gravestones on the Mount of Olives (Har HaZeitim) in Jerusalem and attacking Jewish visitors to the site, which is the oldest Jewish cemetery in the world."

The petition is signed among others by Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau. 

The petition was released ahead of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which will be held in Brooklyn on Sunday, and the rabbis express their hope the issue will be raised at the conference.

The rabbis did not mention the wave of anti-Arab hate crimes across Israel in recent weeks.