Claims Israel razed Palestinian graves are slander: opinion

Palestinian social media has been in an uproar in recent weeks over the “atrocities” taking place in Jerusalem, as the State of Israel is “razing Palestinian graves to build a theme park,” or at least the Palestinian-American supermodel Bella Hadid and thousands of other people on social media would like you to believe.

Libels like this are the ones that have obtained thousands and thousands of retweets and shared on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms, after a dramatic video was published on social networks and later distributed by the press that showed a Palestinian mother grabbing his son’s grave, supposedly. defending it from being demolished by “Israeli forces”.

In the video, the Israeli police ask her, and then physically force her, to move away from the construction area next to her son’s grave.

Additional footage from the scene showed police moving protesters away from the work area to prevent riots from breaking out.

The woman, Alaa Nababta, illegally buried her son in an area outside the court-ruled cemetery barriers four years ago, adjacent to the al-Yusufiya cemetery in Jerusalem, where Palestinian leaders and the media have made unspoken claims. rationale (according to Israeli court records) that Israel has already “desecrated” Palestinian graves, and claims that human remains have been found in an unnamed grave in the area.

Arab families sit by the graves of their relatives near the Yusufiya cemetery (credit: TZVI JOFFRE)

However, when the courts examined these allegations, they found that much of the evidence could not be verified and was highly suspicious. In addition, they found that the Palestinians who made the accusations had previously given false testimony about the same case, claiming that they witnessed the evidence when in fact someone else informed them, and had also violated court orders by burying and modifying tombstones. in the area, which was already marked for public use.

The reality is that there were no Israeli forces razing anything; construction workers were doing yard work according to the city’s new plan to build an archaeological park, not a theme park.

In addition, Israeli courts ruled in July that burials were not allowed to take place in the area, which was approved a significant time ago for public use. Rather than abide by the ruling, the Palestinians have continued to illegally bury in the area.

Despite that, Israeli courts have provided specific instructions to respect the burial sites of Palestinians and have implemented a series of restrictions on the type of work that can be performed in the area in question, noting that only “are allowed. light work “such as gardening. , and that absolutely no drilling, demolition or excavation will be allowed.

The courts, as well as the Jerusalem Municipality, confirmed that the construction sites did not desecrate headstones and that no graves, including illegal ones, would be moved or desecrated.

But let Palestinian social media completely ignore the facts of the situation and incite violence.

Palestinian factions issued a statement promising “bloodshed” by “Zionists” over the incident, and the Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA claimed that Israel had unearthed “dozens” of bodies, another unsubstantiated claim. To add fuel to the fire, figures such as the head of the Committee for the Care of Islamic Cemeteries in Jerusalem, Mustafa Abu Zahra, claimed that Israel was “covering the cemetery with dirt.”

These false claims led to riots near the construction site throughout the week, including violent attacks and stone-throwing at Israeli police, as well as anti-Semitic calls for violence, with Palestinian crowds shouting. “Khaybar khaybar ya yahud… ”, a reference to when Muhammad’s army massacred the Jews in Khaybar.

Rather than investigate the issue thoroughly, social media also spread the news that graves were “razed” like wildfire in the West, thanks in large part to celebrities like Hadid, who shared false information about the Nababta case in her story. of Instagram to its 46 million. followers. Similarly, his father, real estate mogul Mohamed Hadid, accused Israel of “not respecting the dead,” in a post that garnered more than 42,000 likes.

Turkish news sources and the Middle East Eye also shared stories with inaccurate information about the events that occurred at the al-Yusufiya cemetery, intensifying the outrage on social media.

While it is valid to debate the suitability of an archaeological park in Jerusalem, open incitement to violence and the spread of misinformation about these events on social media is unacceptable and dangerous.

No graves are being excavated or demolished in al-Yusufiya, and those who claim otherwise are reporting irresponsible at best and willful incitement to violence at worst.

We cannot solve the problems between Israelis and Palestinians when misinformation continues to inflame the debate and misrepresent the facts of the problem.

The writer is the CEO of Social Lite Creative LLC.

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