Israel trying to ’nationalize‘ second most visited Jewish holy site

21.11.2011                      24.Cheschwan. 5772

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Israel trying to 'nationalize' second most visited Jewish holy site

High Court of Justice rejects request submitted by yeshiva operating at grave of Shimon Bar Yochai at Mount Meron, asking for injunction against state's intention to purchase and use parts of site for public purposes.

The High Court of Justice rejected last week a request submitted by a yeshiva that operates at the grave of Shimon Bar Yochai at Mount Meron, asking for an injunction against the state's intention to purchase and use parts of the site for public purposes. The yeshiva's opposition stems from concerns that the state intends to operate the holy site, in lieu of the array of organizations that operate there today.
Before the land's appropriation, a hearing will be held and the groups, about 20 in number, will voice their opposition. Apart from the Western Wall, the grave of Bar Yochai (also known as Rashbi ) is the country's most frequently visited Jewish religious site. Estimates hold that more than a million visitors reach the site each year….