Construction of a homeless shelter on top of an old Islamic cemetery in Jaffa will restart after Tel Aviv District Court Judge Limor Bibi rejected a suit by the Jaffa Islamic Council to halt construction, according to KAN news.
"The decision by the court proves that the municipality worked and works sensitively and according to the law," said the Tel Aviv Municipality in response to the ruling.The municipality added that it "welcomes the court decision enabling the continuation of work to establish a homeless shelter in Jaffa, an important social project whose purpose is to enable the rehabilitation of hundreds of homeless people. The court rejected the petition, held that the construction permit is valid and that work may continue as planned.""The decision of the court proves that the municipality has worked and continues to work in a sensitive manner and in compliance with the law," said Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.The El-Asaf cemetery dates to the 18th century and was discovered in April 2018 as the city of Tel Aviv began digging to construct the foundation of the planned Center for the Homeless. Previously, a building dating to the Ottoman period stood on the same grounds, Ynet reported.Riots and protests broke out after construction began at the site last month, with multiple incidents of arson in Jaffa.