December 5th, 2016
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.
INAUGURATION OF UK BRANCH OF ICPHH — On July 14, a major conference was held in London at the House of Commons to inaugurate the United Kingdom branch of the ICPHH. On hand was Menachem Lubinsky, Director of ICPHH; Matthew Offord, British Member of Parliament; Stephen Pack, Pres. of UK United Synagogues; Jonathan Sigal, ED of Europe ICPHH; Filip Slipaczek, Chartered Financial Planner: and special guest Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia.
BORDER POLICE KEEP THE PEACE ON HAR HAZEITIM — This Hebrew video is a vivid snapshot of the important role that the police play in keeping the peace on Har Hazeitim. Their 24/7 presence has resulted in few grave desecrations and rocks thrown at visitors since October 2015.
DR. IRVING MOSCOWITZ & MR. JOSEPH GRUSS: TWO AMERICAN JEWISH PHILANTHROPISTS ON HAR HAZEITIM — When the noted American Jewish philanthropist Irwin Moskowitz was buried on Har Hazeitim on June 20th, in a funeral attended by thousands and many notables, it again pointed out the sanctity and importance of the international cemetery of the Jewish people. Read more.
ICPHH JOINS IN IDF MEMORIAL SERVICE TO SOLDIERS KILLED IN 1948 WAR OF LIBERATION
Jeff Daube and Josh Wander, leaders of the ICPHH joined community leaders and the IDF in a memorial service to 128 soldiers buried on Har Hazeitim who were killed in action in Israel’s War of Independence in 1948. The soldiers were survivors of the Holocaust who immediately joined the war, most never had an opportunity to build a family in Israel.
We have received numerous inquiries about the security situation on Har Hazeitim these days. To see the latest update and get security guidelines for your visit, click here.