Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Ashkelon graves update

PM to Deputy Health Minister: Ashkelon ER won't be relocated

By Barak Ravid and Dan Even, Haaretz Correspondents, and Haaretz Service
Tags: Israel news

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday told Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman that he opposes relocating a planned bomb-proof emergency room for the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, due to ultra-Orthodox objections after burial grounds were discovered under the original site.

Netanyahu told Litzman that his decision about the location of the emergency room would be based on the need to prevent harm or risk to human life.

Netanyahu had appointed a task force to re-evaluate the cabinet decision to relocate the emergency room, and made his decision after the committee submitted its conclusions.

Netanyhau further told the minister that he believes the emergency room should be built as planned on the original site and that the remains discovered there should be re-interred elsewhere.

Background here.