"Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu defended moving pagan graves near Ashkelon's Barzilai Medical Center on Sunday morning, after Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman leveled a veiled accusation of anti-Semitism at authorities and construction of the hospital’s reinforced emergency department began.
25 haredi protesters were detained overnight Saturday and early Sunday as construction began under the close watch of large numbers of security forces, including anti-terror squads.
Some 30 haredi protesters from Jerusalem came to the hospital to protest moving the graves and recited psalms near the site. Meanwhile, three haredim were arrested in Jerusalem for trying to block streets in the Mea She'arim and Geula neighborhoods. Police briefly blocked off Shabbat Square in Mea She'arim, due to protests.
The Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced at 11:00 Sunday morning that it would be broadcasting live from the site where the graves are being moved, but Litzman quickly buried the plan. His office instructed the IAA to remove the video from its website."