The Al Aqsa Foundation for Islamic Waqf and Heritage reported that Israel started the construction of a touristic hotel over a historic Islamic graveyard adjacent to the Big Mosque in Jaffa.
The bulldozers removed dozens of old graves that were recently discovered in the site, and started preparations for constructing the hotel, the foundation said.
The site was used as a graveyard during the Mamlouk and the Ottoman era.
The Al Aqsa Foundation reported that the new hotel will include several subzero levels including a parking, an issue that will lead to the total destruction of the graveyard.
The foundation stated that the hotel will also affect the Big Mosque as it is attached to the graveyard, the site chosen for the new construction.