Har HaZeitim — The Mount of Olives — is Judaism’s oldest and holiest cemetery, the resting place of more than 150,000 Jewish souls. And yet through neglect and acts of hatred, it has been desecrated, its graves destroyed, and its visitors and mourners attacked. It is time to take a stand.
The International Committee for the Preservation of Har HaZeitim (ICPHH) is committed to stopping the defilement of this hallowed ground. Your support will help insure that fences are built, security cameras installed and monitored, police patrols increased, and tough new laws on desecration of graves and on violence against mourners and visitors are passed in the Knesset.
Security Update (Updated on January 25, 2016)
We have received numerous inquiries about the security situation on Har Hazeitim these days. Over the last few weeks (December and January) there were no incidents (i.e. desecrated graves and rocks thrown) on Har Hazeitim itself. Police and border police units have patrolled the area, both on the mountain and on the access roads. It has been safe to visit, especially those who have used the Security Escort Service (see our special security section).
One reason for the calm has been the increased presence of border patrol units in the area. We have been working with police officials to increase the number of police deployed on the mountain, particularly those assigned to the police sub-station. Our advice has always been to visit Har Hazeitim during the early hours of the morning and before noon and to avoid Fridays if possible. By all means, visit the holy and historic Har Hazeitim cemetery.
To get security guidelines for your visit, click here.
*News* – ICPHH MOURNS PASSING OF RABBI CHAIM YISROEL BELSKY ZT”L
It is with a deep sense of loss that we mourn the passing of Rabbi Chaim Yisroel Belsky zt”l, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva and Mesivta Torah Vodaath. Rabbi Belsky was an early staunch supporter of the efforts of the International Committee for the Preservation of Har Hazeitim. Attached is a handwritten note by Rabbi Belsky which he also signed in a typewritten version. Just this past summer, he was the keynote speaker at an event for the ICPHH in the Catskills. His encouragement and support will be sorely missed! We hope that many of the destroyed graves that will be restored on Har Hazeitim will be dedicated to his memory.
*News – TIMES OF ISRAEL* Police: No vandalism, rock attacks at Mt. of Olives cemetery in months
The Israel Police on Monday said there had been no vandalism and “no rock attacks” on civilians at the Mount of Olives cemetery, which overlooks Jerusalem’s Old City, in two to three months.
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*News* Polish Prince Janek Zylinski Joins Honorary Committee of the UK Committee for the Preservation of Har Hazeitim
London…Polish Prince Janek Żyliński has agreed to serve as a member of the Honorary UK Committee for the Preservation of Har Hazeitim. He joins Cabinet Member Hon. Theresa Villiers and MP Matthew Offord. Prince Zylinski is the aristocratic son of cavalry officer Captain Andrzej Żyliński, who led a victorious charge against the Nazis in Kaluszyn, near Warsaw, in 1939, helping save 6,000 Jews. According to Jonathan Sigal, the ICPHH’s European Coordinator, the relatively new UK Committee has already met once and is planning many new initiatives in the future.