With the coveted burial spot in Jerusalem near capacity, Israel has plans to create an underground alternative. But why is the cemetery on Mount of Olives the golden real estate for burying the dead?
Israelis Mapping Every Grave in 3,000-Year-Old Mount of Olives Necropolis
“Some see the new mapping work in the cemetery as part of what might be termed Jerusalem’s “grave wars,” by which Israelis and Palestinians use their dead to bolster their claims to the holy city.”
Catacombs make a comeback as Jerusalem seeks room for the dead
“The first phase of the new subterranean city of the dead will include 22,000 crypts, arranged floor to ceiling in three tiers, in a network of intersecting tunnels now being dug through the rocky clay soil beneath Jerusalem’s largest cemetery.”
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