Israel Government Officials, US Jewish Leaders, Israeli Activists to Inspect Mt. of Olives Cemetery 'Crisis' on Friday
Visit Will Emphasize "Shocking and Unacceptable" Conditions
at World's Oldest—but Violence-Fraught—Jewish Cemetery
US Jewish leaders currently in the country for the Conference of Presidents Mission and local Israeli advocates, together with government officials, will visit the Mount of Olives Cemetery (Har Hazeitim) to witness vandalism and explore violence at the world's most ancient Jewish cemetery on Friday, February 18.
The International Committee for the Preservation of Har Hazeitim (ICPHH) and leaders from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations will conduct the on-site visit. Minister of Public Affairs and the Diaspora Yuli Edelstein, COP Executive Vice Chair Malcolm Hoenlein, senior officials from the Jerusalem Development Authority as well as other Jewish and Israeli leaders will take part.
The ICPHH is committed to countering the rampant desecrations, violence directed at visitors and illegal Arab construction on land zoned for cemetery use...