Posted by: Lister | January 2, 2008

Preserving Islamic holy sites in Israel

There’s to be a vote at the Knesset:

A bill to establish an authority responsible for preserving Muslim holy sites, for the first time since the creation of the state, will soon be brought before the Knesset.

The bill enjoys significant support from Jewish religious figures, including Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar.

According to the bill, the state would allocate NIS 8 million annually for the preservation of mosques and cemeteries that were abandoned in 1948.

The bill’s sponsor, MK Michael Melchior (Labor), told Haaretz yesterday that in his opinion, this is the state’s duty, as a Jewish state must care for the holy sites of Muslims.

“As an Israeli rabbi, and one who often deals with the standing of Jews abroad, I cannot tolerate what is happening here,” Melchior said. “We must correct this, as is right for a democracy and in line with Jewish values.”

Via PM.

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