12 August '10
Earlier in the week, it was claimed that 300 Muslim graves in Jerusalem had been bulldozed by the government. Now, the city is responding to those charges, saying that the graves were fake:
Around 300 Muslim gravestones destroyed by Israeli bulldozers in a Jerusalem cemetery earlier this week were "fake" and set up in a bid to snatch government land, the city charged on Thursday.
The allegation was flatly denied by the Islamic Movement which earlier this week accused the municipality of razing recently renovated Muslim graves in a centuries-old cemetery in a large park in mostly Jewish west Jerusalem.
The city is saying that the graves were faked in order to illegally claim land:
"The court approved the removal of all the dummy gravestones which were laid in the last seven months," the municipality said in a written statement sent to AFP.
"This is a fraudulent set up, one of the biggest in recent years, whose aim is to illegally take over state land."
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