May 16th, 2010
07:49 AM ET

30 arrested amid protests over relocation of graves in Israel

Thirty men were arrested overnight into Sunday morning as they protested the removal of graves to make way for a hospital expansion in southern Israel.

Police forces were deployed to Ashkelon city, where the graves are located, Saturday night to prevent the wave of angry protesters from interfering with the relocation. Demonstrators blocked several roads and burned down garbage cans.

The main opposition came from the Ultra Orthodox ommunity, fearing these are Jewish graves and removing them would be against their interpretation of Jewish faith.

Despite the protests, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a go-ahead of the relocation.

"There is an important Ultra-Orthodox public who sees itself hurt by the decision but public welfare is the decisive factor," Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday.

Chief Rabbinate of Israel backed Netanyahu, but views vary among different sections of the Orthodox public.

According to the antiquities authority, the graves date to Roman and Byzantine era, and likely belong to idolaters who inhibited the area.

The Ashkelon hospital is the main medical facility in the Gaza area. It served Israeli civilians and soldiers during a conflict in January 2009, and has been in need of urgent expansion and missile protection.

The antiquities authority plans to hold a news conference at the site Sunday evening.

Relocation is expected to take up to three days.

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  1. Marc Cohen

    Can we make a legitimate comparison between Israel and the Arabs on morality issue? There is complete respect for all Arab temples and welfare. They are given free services like any other Jew. Medicine, Welfare, Housing, the arabs have representation in the Knesset. If i were to walk through Gaza.. Um lets not think about that one

    May 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mohammad A Dar

    Marc Cohen

    Can we make a legitimate comparison between Israel and the Arabs on morality issue? There is complete respect for all Arab temples and welfare. They are given free services like any other Jew. Medicine, Welfare, Housing, the arabs have representation in the Knesset. If i were to walk through Gaza.. Um lets not think about that one----What you say is your imagination and opposite to the reality on the ground. some of the Muslim countries people have better standard of living than you think occupier of philistine have achieved by more the 20 billion dollars aid money a year from around the globe. If you think you are so good, why not go back to where you belong and carry the passports from than to be indulging in murder and theft. There is not amount of money or what ever you call to be the price of freedom, may be for a Jew, who sold the truth to the pagans for material wealth and to be their slaves.

    May 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • sofiamx

      You're right.....there is not amount to be the price for freedom.....SPECIALLY for a Jew...that is why they're not going to let anybody to take what they have bled and sweat for....and lets be honest the freedom that arab citizens have in Israel is WAY MUCH than the freedom a jew may get in any arab country......

      May 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    To: Salayem & Co.In October 2000, after Israeli troops evacuated the city of Nablus as a peacemaking gesture, scores of Palestinians stormed into the Joseph's Tomb compound and destroyed the site believed to be the burial place of the biblical patriarch Joseph – the son of Jacob who was sold by his brothers into slavery and later became the viceroy of Egypt. Within hours of the Israeli withdrawal, smoke was seen billowing from the tomb as an Arab crowd burned Jewish prayer books and other holy objects. Palestinians used pickaxes, hammers and later bulldozers to tear apart the stone building. The dome of the tomb was painted green, and a mosque was subsequently erected in its place

    May 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel

    So Israel moves Israeli bones, Israeli Jews fight against other Israeli Jews as a result, and this whole discussion becomes another stupid Palestinian vs Israel cry fest? You people are as insane as the conflict itself.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • NAF869

      actually it was 1500 yo roman bones that were in the way to build a new ER for a hospital

      May 17, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mohammad A Dar

    Bob

    To: Salayem & Co.In October 2000, after Israeli troops evacuated the city of Nablus as a peacemaking gesture, scores of Palestinians stormed into the Joseph's Tomb compound and destroyed the site believed to be the burial place of the biblical patriarch Joseph – the son of Jacob who was sold by hi----–Jews should not have desecrated the place with their Paganini rituals. The place had to be cleansed and rebuilt according to the truth. If a thief returns a piece of stolen property, he is not doing victim a favor, he is saving his neck. By the way what was the reason for the pagan Jews to enter the place of Joseph, peace be upon him.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mohammad A Dar

    sofiamx

    You're right.....there is not amount to be the price for freedom.....SPECIALLY for a Jew...that is why they're not going to let anybody to take what they have bled and sweat for....and lets be honest the freedom that arab citizens have in Israel is WAY MUCH than the freedom a jew may get in any arab country......
    May 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
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    There is no question of freedom for a Jew, They left the La. The Truth and enslaved their soul to the Pagan for a miserable price. Sell out by choice have no other choice but to submit to the La. Truth, to be free, unless they seek it, but is very hard for a turned head to do , because he subordinates to a reason, but not the truth. Repent and seek Shlom by subordinating to the truth. Be a human, The desire of "HE" not a Jew.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BeautifulChristian

    "I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you.'
    GENESIS 12:3

    May 17, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mohammad A Dar

    BeautifulChristian

    "I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you.'
    GENESIS 12:3------–It was for the one, who obeyed, not the one who disobeyed, the one who disobeyed were cursed and punished, They were punished for fabricating Judaised ( A crime) in collaboration of Pagans, before and thrown out after Master Jesus peace be upon him. The one "HE" rejects them for their transmigration, they have no place to go but hell, on this earth and hereafter. God Lord we obey, we seek your blessing as you blessed the Israelite, but they, eat from you and walked away from you like animals without thanking. We Muslim stand for your commandments, we will guard your places, as you commanded, with your blessing, and will keep these Transgressing criminals out of places with your help, and we have no doubt you are always, with the one who obeyed.

    May 17, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Barry77

    I think that before moving these graves, the Israelis should fill them up with Fakestinian Islamic terrorists who would rather attack Israeli children than provide for their own families. After 60+ years of coveting Israeli land, these welfare addicts still have not learned the definition of futility. Most other countries keep their Fakestinians locked up in camps to prevent these violent Islamic terrorists from infecting the local populations. The Arabs and the Fakestinians are so very jealous of Israel that they constantly make up these lies. Everybody proves they are lying and they just move on to their next lie. These people have no honor whatsoever – ZERO. Before moving these graves the Israelis should make sure they are packed good and tight.

    May 18, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Barry77

    Mohammad A Duh – Muslims standing for your commandments? LOL. What happened to Thou Shalt Not Kill? Why is Islam known as the religion of terrorism? Why is "Islam is the religion of peace" now a cruel joke? Why are Muslims and lying synonymous? I wouldn't expect much from a religion that was made up by a madman who was a mass murderer, a rapist, a liar, a thief, and a pedophile. Muslims are just following in the hoof prints of their evil con man creator. Why is virtually every terrorist on earth a Muslim? Because their evil prophet (may he burn in hell) was the first Islamic terrorist.

    May 18, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mohammad A Dar

    Barry77

    I think that before moving these graves, the Israelis should fill them up with Fakestinian Islamic terrorists who would rather attack Israeli children than provide for their own families. After 60+ years of coveting Israeli land, these welfare addicts still have not learned the definition of futility. Most other countries keep their Fakestinians locked up in camps to prevent these ---------The only Fakestinianans criminals have been thrown out of Europe are the Jews, with skeleton of their dead on their head and their tin cup always out to beg for more. living on taxpayers of other countries in the amount of 20 billion dollars a years. The only people deserve to be buried in the graves with their buts up are the Fakestinianans criminals Jews, Maggi's, Tricksters, claiming to be Israelite. every one else makes his living by working hard but their whole generations live on welfair. Hitler learned better from Carl Marx the Jew to treat his kind well and gave them what they deserved.

    May 18, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mohammad A Dar

    Barry77

    Mohammad A Duh – Muslims standing for your commandments? LOL. What happened to Thou Shalt Not Kill? Why is Islam known as the religion of terrorism? Why is "Islam is the religion of peace" now a cruel joke? Why are Muslims and lying synonymous? I wouldn't expect much from a religion that was made up by a madman who was a mass murderer, a rapist, a liar, a thief, and a pedophile. Muslims are just following in the hoof prints of their evil con man creator. Why is virtually every terrorist on earth a Muslim? Because their evil prophet (may he burn in hell) was the first Islamic terrorist.-----What you are writing is your own ugly face in the mirror and Jewish history. Look how ugly you people are. God did not Damned you for nothing, You got what you criminals deserved. The One he damned is called Jew, The animal looking like a human, the follower of the devil, but climes to be chosen. Chosen for what, To be damned on earth and hear after.

    May 18, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bubba

    Barry77; Was your mentor a guy named Adolf?? If you really mean what you say, then do us all a favor and jump in first.

    May 18, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mohammad A Dar

    Bubba

    Barry77; Was your mentor a guy named Adolf?? If you really mean what you say, then do us all a favor and jump in first.
    May 18, 2010 at 12:55 am |
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    | Reply---------–I did not know any thing about him, till I saw a Jew Maggi with the skeleton of his dead on his head , may be that was his own kind or non Jew. begging on the dead person name around the globe. When I searched the claim of the Jewish Maggi, Trickster , what I found out, The one he was crying about was the student of his own kind, Carl Marx, A maggi, The Jew and the Israelite. He taught his student, Hitler well. But he did not do it too well.

    May 18, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. pete d

    Guy, your reporting is full of turd...stop lying and stop spreadin hate jerk

    September 8, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
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