Agreement regarding moving graves from the Gush Katif Cemetery [ with some to be buried in “occupied territory”?]

Is this for real?

[IMRA: “a section of the Mt. of Olives cemetery has been prepared to accommodate 25 graves”. It should be noted that since the Mt. of Olives is in eastern Jerusalem that in the view of the PA, and for that matter the United States, this is disputed territory. Mr. Sharon is moving bodies from a place he swore in his last election campaign had the same status as Tel Aviv to a place that he swears in his current pre-election remarks has the same status as Tel Aviv….].

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Sunday, 28.8.05, reached agreement with the bereaved families that had appealed to the High Court of Justice regarding moving the graves of their loved ones from the cemetery in Gush Katif; therefore, the bereaved families have decided to withdraw their appeals, thus canceling the High Court of Justice discussion that had been scheduled for tomorrow (Monday), 29.8.05.

The process of moving the graves from Gush Katif to alternate burial sites will be carried out in full coordination with the families; this includes funeral times and arrangements, logistical services and burial sites. To these ends, PMO representatives have been in contact with representatives of the bereaved families. Moreover, the SELA Disengagement Authority has allocated social welfare personnel to assist the bereaved families throughout the process and afterwards.

The Jewish law issues involved in moving the graves have been discussed with Chief Rabbis Shaul Amar and Yonah Metzger, and IDF Chief Rabbi Brig.-Gen. Yisrael Weiss who – at the request of the PMO – issued a ruling that all of the graves in the Gush Katif cemetery must be moved according to specified conditions.

In recent months, the Government has prepared alternate burial places in coordination with the bereaved families. In this context, a section of the Mt. of Olives cemetery has been prepared to accommodate 25 graves; similarly, a new section of the cemetery in the community of Mavki’im has been prepared to accommodate six graves. A new cemetery has been established in the community of Nitzan. Preparations have been made in cemeteries in Jerusalem, Rishon Lezion, Netanya, Ashkelon, Ra’anana and

Sderot to accommodate graves from Gush Katif as per the requests of the bereaved families.

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IMRA – Independent Media Review and Analysis

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