Orthodox Jews demand university bury its bonesBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7294.1084/d (Published 05 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1084
- Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
Ancient human remains discovered years ago in Israeli archaeological expeditions and used for medical and other scientific research at Tel Aviv University were recently a source of contention when a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews demanded that the remains be buried immediately.
The group, which included Rabbi Moshe Gafni, a member of the Knesset (parliament) from the United Torah Judaism party, marched into the anatomy department of the university's medical school during Passover when few people are working.
Shocked scientists refused their demands, saying that they had fully observed the longstanding antiquities law that controlled scientific research on human fossils. After arguing for two hours, the ultra-Orthodox group gave up but said they would “be back.”