NAZARETH, (PIC)– The Israeli Supreme Court rejected the objection submitted by Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage regarding establishing a park in cemetery of Zarnouqa village, depopulated more than six decades ago, in 1948-occupied territories.
Al-Aqsa Foundation described, in a press statement on Tuesday, the court’s decision as biased to the Israeli Rehovot Municipality and as “an official tool contributing to the violation of the sanctity of dead Muslims and the obliteration of their graves, without respecting their religious constants”
The foundation demanded the municipality to immediately stop the works in the cemetery and find other areas to establish its parks and public facilities.
The lawyer for Al-Aqsa Foundation, Mohammed Suleiman, told the Israeli judge, who asked him to explain the reasons behind his opposition to the implementation of the municipality’s scheme, that implementing projects in a Muslim cemetery and on the ruins of the Muslims’ remains is a flagrant violation of the sanctity of Muslims graves.
The lawyer also pointed out that the “international norms provides for preserving the remains of the dead regardless of their race and religion.”
He added that the court’s decision was “not surprising… We did not rely too much on the judge’s statements and the court session,” stressing that his organization will always defend and preserve the cemetery of Zarnouqa village.