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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
A proposal brought forward by the ultra-orthodox organization "Atra Kadisha" may resolve the dispute over the location of a new emergency wing for the Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.
cabinet had approved by a narrow margin Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov
Litzman’s proposal to build the emergency room at a more distant site
because ancient bones were found at the original site. Critics say that
revising the plans would cost an extra NIS 136 million, delay the
project for two years and put the facility too far from the hospital’s
"Atra Kadisha" suggested building the wing over the site without
removing or touching the remains, which is prohibited according to halacha.
Israel Radio on Tuesday cited Litzman's aide as saying that if the
bones were not of Jews, it would be possible to begin construction at
the original site.
Meanwhile, experts are trying to determine whether the Byzantine burial
site contains remains of Jews or of other inhabitants of the area which
would, in turn, resolve the current dispute.
Gil Hoffman contributed to this report.