Monday, May 10, 2010

Ashkelon graves to be moved

THE ASHKELON GRAVES are to be moved after all:
Graves adjacent to Barzilai hospital soon to be removed

Construction of emergency room in Ashkelon medical center may commence as early as next week following decision by committee created by PM Netanyahu

Ynet reporters
Published: 05.09.10, 20:54 / Israel News

The ancient tombs near the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon which were at the heart of a national controversy will be removed in the near future, possibly next week, a specially designated committee created by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided on Sunday.

During the committee meeting, headed by Prime Minister's Office Director General Eyal Gabay, it was decided in accordance with Netanyahu's instruction that the construction of the new emergency room at the original site should commence as soon as possible.


Another proposal was raised by haredi officials during the meeting, suggesting to build the ER above and below the graves, in such a way as would not require their removal. The proposal was rejected by the Health Ministry officials.

I'm not sure what "above and below the graves" means. A few days ago there was a proposal to build the ER underground, but that doesn't explain the "above" part. This story has as many plot twists as a season of 24.