Police nab two Arab teens destroying Mount of Olives graves

By MELANIE LIDMAN
February 29, 2012 20:10

 
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Police caught two Arab teenagers in the midst of destroying graves on the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon.

The teenagers, both around 15 or 16 and residents of east Jerusalem, were detained for questioning.

On Monday, American Jewish leaders urged the Knesset to improve security at the ancient Jewish cemetery, which is regularly the target of grave desecration and stone-throwing against worshippers.

The cemetery is one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the world with more than 150,000 graves, according to the International Committee to Protect Har Hazeitim.

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