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Israel Builds Underground Cemetery With Air-Conditioned Wi-Fi

Mr. Chananya Shachor, former manager of the Jerusalem Burial Association (Israel), poses for a photo at the giant underground cemetery – Photo: THE TELEGRAPH

The Perpetual tunnel, a huge complex in western Jerusalem, is an ideal place for constructing a high-class cemetery able to contain thousands of graves, according to estimations from the Jerusalem Burial Association.

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The massive cemetery is being constructed at a depth of 50m with 16 basements, completely facilitated with modern lifts. It is planned to be finished by 2023.

The tombs within the tunnels are split into distinguishable cells with memorials placed in front of them. The structure is facilitated with Wi-Fi, soundproof walls, soft lighting and automatic temperature control to enable the most convenient impression for mourners.

Together with technical problems, the engineers working in the project also had to make sure that the new cemetery complies with strict Jewish burial rules, for example, the obligation that the body of the dead be continued contact with the soil.

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“We invested a lot of money and enthusiasm in this cemetery. The project is not only a solution to the shortage of burial space, but also a place to honor the deceased who are buried here and their loved ones.” Chananya Shachor, former manager of the Jerusalem Burial Association said.

The manager of the project expects that the high-class burial sites will lower the burden that the Mount of Olives, the holiest Jewish burial ground, are holding.

The project management hopes this high-class cemetery will relieve pressure on the Mount of Olives, the holiest Jewish burial ground.

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In the past few years, the Mount of Olives has nearly depleted its own burial space, causing the Israeli authorities to bring up several options, including the expansion of the cemeteries near the Negev desert and the Givat Shaul neighborhood.

However, the shortage of burial space in this country shows no sign of improving. In particular, many Jews living abroad are willing to spend up to $20,000 to reserve a piece of land to rest in their homeland.