Mount of Olives Mosque Construction Proceeds Apace

November 21, 2011
(israelnationalnews.com) Arabs are building an illegal mosque on the Mount of Olives adjacent to the graves of late Prime Minister Menachem Begin and modern Hebrew rejuvenator Eliezer Ben Yehuda.
In an interview with Arutz Sheva, Land of Israel Foundation chairman Aryeh King said the struggle to stop the mosque’s construction has yet to bear fruit and that official responses have been filled with platitudes and untruths.

Illegal Mosque Construction
Illegal Mosque Construction
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King said in recent days it has been established the area the mosque is being built in is clearly designated as a part of the cemetery itself on land some 200 meters into undisputed Israeli territory.
“The city places the blame on the police and the police lay blame on the municipality – while the criminals are celebrating and we are ashamed to exercise our sovereignty,” King said.
Instead, King says he received a letter from an attorney for the Israel police asserting there are no grounds for action against construction at the site because the only work being done is the renovation of the lavatory and moving a sink.
Aerial photographs recently published by King, however, shows construction on land that – until 18 months ago – was occupied by fruit-bearing olive trees. King noted, in addition to the failure to obtain a permit for such work, that the uprooting of trees for the purpose of construction is illegal.
“The Israeli government is allowing it to happen,” King said. “The Minister did not lift a finger. We were not able to convince them the importance of place , and thus we failed,” King said – emphasizing government inaction came despite the Mosque’s close promity to Begin and Ben-Yehuda’s graves.
King said, “There is no way to explain this reality except for the fact that the District [Police] Commander is afraid of upsetting the Arabs. There is no other explanation for a document filled with lies.
“Even when he was police chief in the Old City he allowed Arabs to bury their dead in the compound, which is defined as a national park – right in the Old City itself. How can police produce a fallacious document when there are clear violations happening right under their nose – the use of heavy equipment – which can be clearly seen from the Temple Mount?”
King said rabbis he lobbied for support were reluctant to pressure the authorities. King also said Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat had not issued a demolition or stop work order at the Mosque site.
“We need to rouse the public to action,” King said.

that is a mighty big sink you are building on the Mount of Olives, sheik!


Illegal Mosque Next to Jewish Holy Graveyard

October 5, 2011
So…..tear it down – just like the houses in Migron.(9-11 Do more then never forget Stop Islam) Illegal construction of a mosque continues just feet from an ancient Jerusalem graveyard. Illegal construction continues at a Jerusalem mosque immediately adjacent to an ancient and holy Jewish graveyard, Jerusalem activists have reported. Workers continue to expand the mosque on the Mount of Olives despite official orders ruling that they must stop. The illegal extension will be located just feet from the graves of revered Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook and former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Senior city officials recently pledged to put a stop to the illegal building, but activists say work continued over the Rosh Hashanah holiday. The latest work included uprooting a stretch of sidewalk, and the destruction of some Jewish tombs recently restored after they were vandalized months earlier.
Veteran Jerusalem activist Aryeh King visited the scene and took pictures showing new work and new construction materials that had been brought in. Also brought in were Arab laborers from Judea and Samaria, who lacked work permits, King said.
“We are facing a nightmare that will all but deny Jews access to graves on the holiest and oldest Jewish cemetery in the world,” said Avrohom Lubinsky of the Committee for the Preservation of the Mount of Olives. He accused city officials of failing to enforce stop work orders.
Jeff Daube, head of the Israel office of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), termed the ongoing problem “an outrage.”
“We are so concerned about the legal status of three buildings in Migron and will make every effort to tear those down, and in the meantime the Arabs are permitted to continue to build illegally with impunity right next to what, outside the Maarat Hamachpelah [Tomb of the Patriarchs – ed.], is the holiest graveyard in Jewish history,” he told Arutz Sheva.