High Court: TAU can build dorms despite Muslim objections over graves
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High Court: TAU can build dorms despite Muslim objections over graves

Tel Aviv University project uncovered graves and remains said to have belonged to abandoned Arab village of Sheikh Munis

Israeli Arab students marking Nakba Day at the Tel Aviv University campus in 2008. (photo credit:  Roni Schutzer/Flash90)
Israeli Arab students marking Nakba Day at the Tel Aviv University campus in 2008. (photo credit: Roni Schutzer/Flash90)

The High Court of Justice decided Monday to allow Tel Aviv University to continue building dormitories an Islamic group said were being constructed over an Arab graveyard.

The ruling means the school can go ahead with the project in its new Broshim campus in Ramat Aviv.

The project was challenged due to the discovery of graves and skeletal remains at the site. The graves were part of a greater cemetery which was once in possession of the Arab village of Sheik Munis, Haaretz reported in July. Sheikh Munis was abandoned in 1948 and today much of the university sits over its ruins.

The court said that the construction for the Broshim campus, an integrative medicine training center, can continue and that the university, Israel Antiques Authority and builders must act accordingly with remains and graves that have been or will be discovered.

The challenge was brought by Muassat Al-Aqsa, a group dedicated to preserving Islamic holy sites.

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