On March 9, 2010 in Zippori, hometown of the redactor of the Mishnah, archaeologists destroyed a burial cave from the Mishnaic period. On May 16 in Ashkelon, the American Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority donated $2.5 million for the destruction of a cemetery from the Talmudic period. On June 6 in Nazareth, three burial caves dating from the Biblical period were destroyed. And most recently, on June 13 in Jaffa, three layers of burial caves were removed from an historic cemetery approximately two thousand years old.
In all of the above instances, alternative ways were proposed to accomplish the desired construction, yet the desecration of the cemeteries went ahead.
At each site, Orthodox Jews, led by their rabbis, gathered for peaceful prayer vigils. As usual, the Zionist police did not allow this free expression; they shot tear gas canisters at the elderly rabbis, used electric tasers and other heavy riot-control equipment against religious Jews who wielded nothing more than prayer books.
Photos of Desecration at Ashkelon
are being opened
Skulls are found and removed
Disturbing the peace of the holy bones
Bones all over
Opening two graves
Ancient bones displayed in a cardboard box.