New Report Exposes Inequality in Jerusalem “Holy Place” Designations

NIF grantee Emek Shaveh recently published a new report entitled, “Selectively Sacred: Holy Sites in Jerusalem and its Environs.” The report exposes the ambiguity and confusion around what legally constitutes a “holy place” in Israel. Currently, 16 sites are officially recognized as holy for Jews under the Regulations for the Protection of Holy Place for Jews (a law passed in 1981), while another 160 sites are recognized as Jewish holy places through various state budgets. However, no non-Jewish sites are officially recognized as holy. “The State of Israel’s attitude towards the holy places is a kind of ‘organized mess,’ which was intended to enable ambiguity and administrative flexibility at the sites,” the report explains.

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New Report Exposes Inequality in Jerusalem “Holy Place” Designations