The Vilnius City Council has denied the international Jewish community the right to restore desecrated graves.
"One of the highest moral callings is respect for the dead."
~ Malcolm Hoenlein
Executive Vice Chair: Conference of Presidents
RIGHT TO PRAYER
An application to the Vilnius City Council to designate an area on the cemetery for prayer, was declined.
The plan for the development of an international conference center on the cemetery by the Lithuanian government
is on hold.
SEE WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY:
Professor Irwin Cotler
Special Envoy for Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism and a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Professor Alan Dershowitz
International lawyer, an emeritus Harvard Law School professor known for his work in constitutional law
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL JEWISH COMMUNITIES SUPPORT THE NEED TO RESTORE AND PROTECT JEWISH CEMETERIES, AS DETERMINED BY JEWISH LAW.
Colorized image of original cemetery
DENYING RESTORATION OF TOMBSTONES
REFUSING PERMISSION TO ERECT A PROTECTION FENCE
NOT ALLOWING PRAYER
CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOM OF RELIGION
Calling for municipalities to:
"Put Jewish cemeteries in order."
THE SNIPISKES CEMETERY WAS DESECRATED DURING THE SOVIET ERA, POST WORLD WAR II.
THE INTERNATIONAL JEWISH COMMUNITY WISHES TO RESTORE THE CEMETERY AND REALIZE THE POTENTIAL OF THE SITE AS A LEADING INTERNATIONAL LANDMARK.
Restoration of desecrated graves.
Facelift to external facade of defunct Sports Palace.
Erection of protection fence.
Areas designated for prayer.
All weather, museum-style exhibits (external to Sports Palace).
* In compliance with Jewish law and culture, the cemetery and the Sports Palace cannot be used for any purpose other than as a resting place for the deceased.
Other European capitals have
successfully restored Jewish cemeteries:
A vibrant Jewish tourist industry
is the consequence:
NUMBER OF TOURISTS TO JEWISH SITES (ANNUALLY)
* Statistics reflect numbers prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
REFUSING PERMISSION to RESTORE AND PROTECT THE CEMETERY, constitutes A VIOLATION OF LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL LAWS
Violation of 2008 U.S. Senate Resolution
Violation of a 2009 Agreement
Violation of 2014 U.S. Protect Cemeteries Act (H.R. 4028)
Violation of Lithuanian Constitution (Articles 22 & 26)
Violation of the UN Convention on Civil and Political Rights (Article 18)
Violation of Seimas Resolution 10 December 2020 No XIV-65 Vilnius