Jaffa Port 370 (R).
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An official at a Muslim cemetery in Jaffa said Friday that the remains of dozens
of Arabs killed in the 1948 War of Independence were discovered in a mass grave
there on Wednesday, AFP reported.
The discovery of six chambers full of
skeletons was made during renovations at the cemetery, according to the
Jaffa fisherman Atar Zeinab, 80, said he helped to collect the
bodies of those killed in fighting south of Jaffa in 1948 and bring them to the
cemetery for hasty burial without ceremony.
“I carried to the cemetery 60
bodies during a period of three or four months,” AFP quoted Zeinab as saying.
“We used to find the people in the street and most of the time we didn’t know
who they were.”
Zeinab said that because of the danger of ongoing
fighting, the bodies were piled on top of each other in existing burial plots in
the cemetery, rather than in accordance with Muslim custom.
them early in the morning or in the night,” he said. “We put women, children and
men in the same place... Nobody prayed for these people.”