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Petition for Urgent Action on

Human Rights Violations by Israel:

 

Desecration of the Maman Allah (Mamilla) Muslim Cemetery in the Holy City of Jerusalem

 

 

 

 

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PETITION FOR URGENT ACTION

ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS BY ISRAEL:

 

DESECRATION OF THE MA’MAN ALLAH (MAMILLA)

MUSLIM CEMETERY IN THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM

 

TO:        

1.The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Ms. Navi

   Pillay)

2. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and

    Belief (Ms. Asma Jahangir)

3. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of

    Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance

    (Mr. Githu Muigai)

4. The United Nations Independent Expert in the Field of Cultural

    Rights (Ms. Farida Shaheed)

5. Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific, and

   Cultural Organization (Ms. Irina Bokova)

6. The Government of Switzerland in its capacity as depository of the

   Fourth Geneva Conventions

 

INDIVIDUAL PETITIONERS:       

Sixty individuals whose ancestors are interred in Mamilla (Ma’man Allah) Cemetery, from the Jerusalem families of:

1. Akkari

2. Ansari

3. Dajani

4. Duzdar

5. Hallak

6. Husseini

7. Imam

8. Jaouni

9. Khalidi

10. Koloti

11. Kurd

12. Nusseibeh

13. Salah

14. Sandukah

15. Zain

 

CO- PETITIONERS:          

1. Mustafa Abu-Zahra, Mutawalli of Ma’man Allah Cemetery

2. Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

3. Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights

4. Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights

5. Al-Haq

6. Al-Quds Human Rights Clinic

7. Arab Association for Human Rights (HRA)

8. Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Internally Displaced

    in Israel (ADRID)

9. Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights

10. Housing and Land Rights Network - Habitat International Coalition

11. Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC)

12. The International Committee of the National Lawyers Guild

13. The Independent Commission for Human Rights

14. The National Lawyers Guild - Free Palestine Subcommittee

15. Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC)

16. Zochrot Association

 

LEGAL COUNSEL:           

1. Dima Khalidi, Esq., Chicago, IL

2. Maria LaHood, Esq., Center for Constitutional Rights, New York, NY

3. Richard Levy, Esq., New York, NY

4. Michael Ratner, Esq., President, Center for Constitutional Rights,

    New York, NY

5. Michael Steven Smith, Esq., New York, NY

6. Leonard I. Weinglass, Esq., New York, NY

 

DATE:  

June 14, 2010

 

SUBJECT:           

Petition for Urgent Action on Human Rights Violations by Israel: Desecration of Ma’man Allah (Mamilla) Muslim Cemetery in the Holy City of Jerusalem.

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

ADDENDUM - Petition for Urgent Action on Human Rights Violations by Israel: Desecration of the Ma’man Allah (Mamilla) Muslim Cemetery in the Holy City of Jerusalem .............................................................................. 4

 

I. Recent Developments   ........................................................................................... 4

 

A. Responses by the international community  ...................................... 4

1. Responses to the Petition by Arab States, Palestine and the Government of Switzerland  ................................................................. 4

2. Action by the United Nations Human Rights Council  .................... 6

B. Relevant Events in Jerusalem, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and in Israel  ................................................................................................... 7

C. Activities of the Campaign to Preserve Mamilla Jerusalem Cemetery  ............................................................................................. 9

 

II. “Highlight of Key Facts in the Petition and New Information”

 

in the Petition and New Information .................................................... 10

A. The Museum Site Is Indeed Located Atop the Ancient Mamilla Cemetery  ........................................................................................... 10

B. The Construction Site Remains Replete with Archaeological and Human Remains that are being Continually Desecrated ................................... 11

C. Israel and the SWC have Disposed of the Human Remains in an Undignified Manner and without Consultation with Legitimate Muslim Authorities ......................................................................................... 12

D. Israel and the SWC’s Current Destruction and Desecration of the Cemetery cannot be Justified by Previous Dubious and Unsanctioned Plans for the Cemetery  ....................................................................... 12

E. The Petitioners are a Group of Wholly Independent Individuals with Descendants Buried in the Cemetery ................................................... 14

 

III.  Public Petition ...................................................................................................... 15

 

IV. Conclusion .............................................................................................................. 15

 

APPENDIX ....................................................................................................................... 18

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX

 

List of Appendices

 

I. Letter from the Group of Arab States to the UN Secretary-General ........ 20

 

II. Letter from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN Secretary-General and President of the Security Council .......................................... 22

 

III. Organization of the Islamic Conference Press Release Regarding Meeting with UN Secretary-General ....................................................................... 24

 

IV. Letter from Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation ................................................................................ 25

 

V. Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/13/L.29 ............................... 26

 

VI. Recent Photographs of the Museum Construction Site ............. 29


 


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