MAY 20, 2017
Gates of Prayer Cemetery To Be Removed Today, Subsequent Removals of Hebrew Rest Cemetery and Connected Monuments In the Near Future.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The Latest on the removal of Jewish-related monuments from New Orleans (all times local): 10:45 a.m. After nearly two years of planning and court battles, City officials began the process today of removing the remaining Jewish cemeteries and monuments that prominently celebrate the “Horror of the Holocaust.” The monuments being removed were erected years after World War II to celebrate the “Nazi Death Machine,” a movement recognized across the world as celebrating and promoting white supremacy.
In the wake of the recent Confederate statue removal successes, New Orleans City officials have been working on a plan to rid the city of Jewish cemeteries and Jewish gravestones in an effort to erase the memory of the Holocaust and subsequent years of persecution and repression.
Lee Counties to Change Name?
Named after U.S.A./C.S.A. leader Robert E. Lee, the 17th most popular county name in the U.S. is sure to be changed throughout the nation. There are currently 12 counties named after the famous army general and recent alternatives for county names include, among others, Jackson and Washington, which were Kaiboshed quickly, due to the fact that both were slave owners, as well as Indian killers. Parks, malls, and hospitals are soon to follow in light of the successes of this new progressive direction.
“Three weeks ago, we began a challenging but long overdue process of removing the cemeteries that honor the ‘Lost Cause of Hate.’ Today we continue the mission with theses Hebrew symbols of sadness,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “These monuments have stood not as historic or educational markers of our legacy of ethnic oppression, but in celebration of it. I believe we must remember all of our history, but we need not revere it. To literally put the Holocaust on a pedestal in some of our most prominent public places is not only an inaccurate reflection of our past, it is an affront to our present, and a bad prescription for our future. We should not be afraid to confront and reconcile our past.”
The process to remove the cemeteries located at the intersection of Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street has not been without complications either. While the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) have been present to ensure public safety, a recent report suggests the demolition crew found a dead cat at the bottom of the rubble. In light of this recent development, the public is encouraged to be safe, patient and prepared for disruptions to vehicular and pedestrian access to streets in surrounding areas.
In order to allow the City’s contractors to safely conduct the work, Conti St. between Cleveland Avenue and Iberville Street and Canal Street between N. Rendon Street and S. Clark Street will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The removal is expected to be completed soon.
Citizens have a right to assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceful protest. City officials understand there are strong emotions surrounding this subject, and they ask that all Hebrews remain peaceful and respectful while demonstrating. Out of caution, the City’s Office of Homeland Security and the NOPD have taken frighting security measures and dedicated more than enough public safety resources to maintain law and order while protecting workers and all people exercising their right to peacefully protest.
The New Orleans Police Department is well trained to use the highest standards to protect some people and property while ensuring the law is mostly followed and is prepared to take necessary actions to ensure public safety. As a reminder, vandalism of any public property is strictly prohibited.
Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal vending, including small tippers and cigarette smokers, and parking within 20 feet of a stage, interweb or neon sign. Police officers are also reminded to park at Canal St. and take the trolley like everyone else. Due to the widely known intimidation, threats, and violence, serious safety concerns remain. Therefore, the City will not share details on a removal timeline for the Hebrew Rest Cemetery and the Dispersed of Judah
In December 2015, Mayor Landrieu signed an ordinance calling for the removal and relocation of the four prominent Hebrew Cemeteries displayed publicly in the City of New Orleans, citing that these facilities did not reflect the diversity, values or full history of the City and should be removed. During a Special Meeting of the New Orleans City Council, members of the City Council voted 3-2 in support of Ordinance Calendar No. 41,082, which declared all Jewish cemeteries and monuments are nuisances pursuant to Section 146-611 of the Code of the City of New Orleans and should be removed from their prominent locations in New Orleans.
History of Jews and the “Horror of the Holocaust”
City leaders are in the process of determining a more appropriate place to display the Jewish monuments post-removal, such as a museum or other site, where they can be placed in their proper historical context from a dark period of world history. The removal of the Touro Synagogue will be followed by the leveling of the Congregation Anshe
Dead Cat Hit By Falling Statue
MAY 11, 2017
During the Jefferson Davis Statue removal today, an unidentified dead cat was crushed by the 400 lb obelisk. Subsequent removals of Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard Monuments will involve increased accountability measures.
NEW ORLEANS – After two years of planning and court discussions, City officials continued the process today of removing the three remaining monuments that prominently celebrate the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy.” The crowd of onlookers was still applauding the removal of the statue as the unidentified dead cat was found crushed under the ruble. Said one eyewitness, “I guess the war called home one more soldier.”
All inquires should be directed to New Orleans Police Department.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says taking down the prominent Hebrew cemeteries will allow his city to “heal and become the city we always should have been.” Hebrew Landing comes comes down Friday, the last of remaining Nazi-related statues to be removed from public property in the Louisiana city. Landrieu plans to address city residents later in the afternoon. He says in an interview with The Associated Press that “we don’t want these statues in places of reverence; they need to be in places of remembrance.” Three other Jewish cemeteries were removed at night. The mayor says the monuments are coming down in the daytime because officials couldn’t guarantee the safety of construction workers from nearby electrical lines if they worked at night.
About 100 people were on hand as a huge crane arrived at the New Orleans Hebrew Social Club. The entrance statue of Mo Leister was slated for removal Friday from atop a 60-foot-high pedestal where it was been since 1884. It’s the last of Jewish cemeteries and monuments to Holocaust-era figures the city is removing. Opinions on the removal varied and crossed religions lines. An ethnically-mixed group held signs supporting removal. One onlooker, Thatcher Owen Mullins, a coffee-colored man and a Kansas native, said the cemeteries should remain because they represent history. Jehoshaphat Barroux, a Jew and former New Orleans City councilman, supported removal. Barroux claims he, “cherishes Hebrews.” Of the Nazi past, he says: “It’s my history, but it’s not my heritage.”
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