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Friday 31 August 2007

Crematorium burned down after Haredi paper reveals exact location

Crematorium burned down after Haredi paper reveals exact location
By Roni Singer-Heruti and Anshel Pfeffer

The Alei Shalechet crematorium, located on Moshav Hibat Tzion in the
Sharon region, sustained major damage last night in a fire that police
and firefighters believe was caused by arson.

Since its establishment two years ago, the crematorium has faced strong
opposition, especially from ultra-Orthodox groups who are opposed to

A call came in at about 8:30 P.M. to the Netanya fire department about a
large brush fire on the moshav. "On the way to the scene, we were told
to hurry because there were large gas canisters nearby," firefighter
Naftali Rokah told Haaretz yesterday,

Evidence of possible arson at the scene included signs of forced entry
and tracks leading into the site. Firefighters extinguished the blaze
within about an hour.

Crematorium CEO: We knew haredi terror would get us by Meital Zur,
Alei Shalechet CEO Alon Nativ: "Many prominent Jewish figures chose to
be cremated after their death, including Albert Einstein, Milton
Friedman and Arthur Rubinstein," he said. "Personally, I believe it is
wrong to worship a stone, and I don't want my children to worship one.
In praise of cremation by Yoram Kaniuk,
I want Aley Shalechet to cremate me. An elegant, inexpensive death. I
think it's my natural right as a human being to be cremated.
Sweet sorrow by Limor Gal, Haaretz
Civil burial, which became possible thanks to the struggle of the
Menucha Nechona (Rest in Peace) association, opened a variety of
possibilities for the ceremony, including professional moderators and
even singalongs.


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