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Jewish community dismayed by digging at Polish cemetery

WARSAW — Human remains from an old Jewish burial ground in eastern Poland have been dug up and dumped in an empty lot to make way for the construction of an electrical substation and a parking lot, authorities said Thursday.

Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, described the excavation as the worst desecration of a Jewish cemetery he has seen during the 17 years he has been a rabbi in the country.

A day after visiting the construction site in Siemiatycze, Schudrich diplayed photos of large mounds of earth with human bones, including a large part of a human skull.

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‘‘This is a full-out scandal,’’ the rabbi said. ‘‘Sometimes people can do something by mistake and could not realize they are seeing bones, but skulls are hard to miss.’’

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An official with the local authorities insisted that the building work did not take place on the grounds of the Jewish cemetery, but on already developed land that is managed by a car association.

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