29 June 2009

Spain: Toledo medieval cemetery

According to JTA, the remains of some 100 individuals exhumed from a Toledo Medieval Jewish cemetery during construction works were reburied in the cemetery.

A Conference of European Rabbis spokesman said the reburial took place during a ceremony attended by local Jewish leaders and regional authorities.

The reburial was the result of recently concluded lengthy negotiations that recently concluded. The Conference noted the Spanish government and local Jewish federation's solidarity and cooperation to achieve a historic solution under Jewish law.

Following protests and demonstrations by Orthodox Jews outside Spanish embassies in other countries, the government had halted construction.

Although Toledo authorities had offered to hand over the remains for reburial elsewhere, the Jewish community, Conference of European Rabbis and the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe, demanded the remains be returned to their original site.

Construction on the school site will continue, but only around the cemetery, and the area will be marked as an ancient Jewish cemetery.

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