OVER 50,000 
 JEWISH GRAVES 
 DESECRATED

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The  Vilnius City Council has denied  the international Jewish community the right to restore desecrated graves.

MALCOLM HOENLEIN

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"One of the highest moral callings is respect for the dead."

~ Malcolm Hoenlein
Executive Vice Chair: Conference of Presidents

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AUTHORITIES DENY
JEWISH COMMUNITIES
RIGHT TO PRAYER

An application to the Vilnius City Council to designate an area on the cemetery for prayer, was declined.

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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:

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Professor Irwin Cotler

Special Envoy for Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism and a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

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Professor Alan Dershowitz

International lawyer, an emeritus Harvard Law School professor known for his work in constitutional law

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LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL JEWISH COMMUNITIES SUPPORT THE NEED TO RESTORE AND PROTECT JEWISH CEMETERIES, AS DETERMINED BY JEWISH LAW.

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  • DENYING RESTORATION OF TOMBSTONES

  • REFUSING PERMISSION TO ERECT A PROTECTION FENCE

  • NOT ALLOWING PRAYER
     

CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOM OF RELIGION

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It also constitutes a violation of
Seimas Resolution No. XIV-542:

Calling for municipalities to:
"Put Jewish cemeteries in order."

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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.

THE VISION

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Features:

  • 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:

CEMETERY RESTORATION
CASE STUDIES

A vibrant Jewish tourist industry
is the consequence:

NUMBER OF TOURISTS TO JEWISH SITES (ANNUALLY)

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721,000

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253,000

POLAND

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56,500

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147,000

UKRAINE

* Statistics reflect numbers prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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