JERUSALEM, June 4, 2018 (WAFA) – Israeli police harassed on Wednesday volunteers who were cleaning a Muslim cemetery located just outside Jerusalem’s Old City wall, according to witnesses.
They said police approached the volunteers from East Jerusalem, who have been working on removing weed and dirt from the cemetery for the past week, and took down their names as a prelude to summoning them for questioning.
Palestinians fear Israel wants to take over the historic cemetery, known as Bab al-Rahmeh located at the foot of the closed gate with the same name, known as well as the Golden Gate, which is one of the gates to the Muslim Al-Haram al-Sharif or Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Israel is attempting to take over part of the cemetery and has prevented Palestinians from burying their dead there. It also wants to take over Bab al-Rahmeh area inside the mosque compound, which caused a stir among Muslim officials in Jerusalem.
The Israeli measures led at one point to confrontations with the Palestinians, who refused to allow the Israeli authorities to desecrate their cemetery.