Beit Shean Region Cemetery Desecrated During Tel Teomim Expansion

By Hamodia Staff

One of the desecrated graves in the Beit Shean Valley.

During expansion work in the Tel Teomim settlement in the Beit Shean Valley by the Northern District of the Israel Antiquities Authority, hundreds of kevarim were uncovered in an area identified as a Jewish cemetery from the Second Beis Mikdash period. On Monday, the kevarim were inexplicably uprooted, and the remains were disgracefully scattered.

Housing and Construction Minister Rabbi Yitzchak Goldknopf, upon being informed of the situation, ordered an immediate halt to all work until halachic solutions could be found to continue the expansion without disturbing the kevarim, in coordination with the Asra Kadisha organization.

Eli Eskosido, Director-General of the Israel Antiquities Authority, expressed dismay over the severe incident, which contradicts all agreements reached on the matter in recent years, and also ordered a halt to all work until a mutually agreed solution is found.

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