For more than 500 years, the Dajani family served as custodians of King David’s mausoleum in Mount Zion. Over the course of their custodianship, the family built a neighborhood in the area and buried their deceased in a cemetery around King David’s mausoleum. Members of the family often served as public officials in the city of Jerusalem, and made a significant contribution to Jerusalem’s history. Some of the family’s prominent members are buried in the Mount Zion cemetery. These members include Mr. Aref Al-Dajani, a high public official in Yemen during the reign of the Ottoman Empire who served as Jerusalem’s Mayor, and Mr. Hasan Sidqi Al-Dajani, a renowned lawyer and socio-political activist who lost his life in the mid-1930s in a politically motivated assassination.
We’re happy to announce the completion of a special project – the documenting of the graves of the Dajani cemetery. A few months ago, together with several daughters of the family, we began documenting the Dajani cemetery in Mount Zion and the results are published online in Arabic at https://www.mountzion.org.il/dajani-cemetery-arabic, and in Hebrew at https://www.mountzion.org.il/dajani-cemetery-hebrew. It’s part of a larger cemetery documentation project, of a number of these fascinating cemeteries. Here’s a link to the site: https://www.graves.mountzion.
Here’s a post from Window to Mount Zion’s Facebook page:
Many thanks to our partners in action for the success of this program.