Cemetery on the Mount of Olives

The Washington Post reports here on US and Israeli efforts to end the desecration of Jewish graves on the Mount of Olives. Both religious and political considerations are mentioned.

It is amazing to view the Mount of Olives and see how much of the mountain is now covered with graves. This aerial view may help you to visualize the situation.The cemetery under discussion is shown in the lower right quarter of this photo.

Jerusalem - the Old City and the Mount of Olives. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Jerusalem - the Old City and the Mount of Olives. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Sometimes when we look at the big picture we miss some important details. The next photo puts a human face and emotion on the situation.

Cemetery on the Mount of Olives. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Cemetery on the Mount of Olives. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

At the time of Absalom’s rebellion, David crossed the Mount of Olives as he fled Jerusalem.

But David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went, barefoot and with his head covered. And all the people who were with him covered their heads, and they went up, weeping as they went. (2 Samuel 15:30 ESV)

HT: Paleojudaica.

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