Smashed headstones at Mt. Olives Cemetery
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The "One Jerusalem" group published its security report of the Jewish cemeteries in Jerusalem Monday and the findings are disconcerting.
The group found that recent months have seen a 50% increase in incidents of desecration and hostile activity at the Mount of Olives cemetery in east Jerusalem, as well as on the roads leading to it; which led to a dramatic drop in the number of visitors.
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The report, which was based on data received from various security forces and reviews the period of late 2010 and early 2011, detailed 35 security incidents in the vicinity of the cemetery and its grounds in October, 32 incidents in December and 45 in January; the majority of which were stoning incidents of cemetery goers.
"One Jerusalem" said that the deteriorating security situation on Mount of Olives has caused a decrease in the number of visitors.
The group urged the defense establishment to reclaim control of Mount of Olives, "In order to allow for the Jewish residents of the area and the Mount's visitors to lead a normal life… only increased security presence and visible deterrence will regain the necessary security."
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