Security Update for Visitors Updated 6/1/2017
We are pleased to report that thanks to the efforts of the ICHH over these last few years, the security situation on Har Hazeitim is vastly improved. Since October 2015 there were few incidents (i.e. desecrated graves and rocks thrown) on Har Hazeitim itself. Police and border police units regularly patrol the area, both on the mountain and on the access roads. The 173 surveillance cameras are monitored 24/7, the police station is staffed, and a new fence has been completed on the Eastern section of the holy mountain. It has been safe to visit, especially those who have used the government sponsored Private Security escort services or the ICHH Tour and VIP services (see below).
Our advice has always been to visit Har Hazeitim during the early hours of the morning (before noon) and to avoid Fridays if possible. But by all means, visit the holy and historic Har Hazeitim cemetery. A tour of Har Hazeitim will take you through 3000-years of Jewish history. Tens of thousands of Jews have come back in recent months. It is SAFE!
Security Guidelines for Your Visit
The ICHH continues to aggressively work to improve security for visitors to Har Hazeitim. It has greatly improved in recent months, but to enhance your security, we recommend the following:
- Door-to-door service from your hotel or place of residence
- Pre-visit identification of grave site’s exact location if unknown
- The best time to visit is 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (Monday-Thursday).
- If possible do not plan to visit on Fridays.
- The Ministry of Housing and Construction provides armed escort service to visitors and mourners. Please call 02-627-1598.
- If you are planning to use the security service, you MUST call 24 hours in advance to arrange a meeting point at or near Har Hazeitim. Please note that on some days, the security service may not be available due to levayot or heavy usage. The security service will accompany you to one site only for a maximum of 40 minutes.
- You can use either a West Jerusalem taxi or private vehicle to travel to Har Hazeitim. Please note: the guards are not permitted to drive you in their vehicle.
- Should you encounter a problem, please urgently call 100 for Police or 101 for Ambulance.