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American patron of Israeli settlers buried in east Jerusalem

  • Body of American philanthropist Irving Moskowitz is seen during his funeral in Jerusalem, Monday, June 20, 2016. An American philanthropist and patron of controversial ultra-nationalist Israeli settlers died and was buried in east Jerusalem Monday. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

    Body of American philanthropist Irving Moskowitz is seen during his funeral in Jerusalem, Monday, June 20, 2016. An American philanthropist and patron of controversial ultra-nationalist Israeli settlers died and was buried in east Jerusalem Monday. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Relatives gather around the body of American philanthropist Irving Moskowitz during his funeral in Jerusalem, Monday, June 20, 2016. An American philanthropist and patron of controversial ultra-nationalist Israeli settlers died and was buried in east Jerusalem Monday. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

    Relatives gather around the body of American philanthropist Irving Moskowitz during his funeral in Jerusalem, Monday, June 20, 2016. An American philanthropist and patron of controversial ultra-nationalist Israeli settlers died and was buried in east Jerusalem Monday. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this Jan. 12, 1999 file photo, Miami-based millionaire Irving Moskowitz, right, leaves the Tomb of the Patriarchs during a tour of the Jewish enclave in the West Bank city of Hebron. Moskowitz an American philanthropist and patron of controversial ultra-nationalist Israeli settlers died and was buried Monday, June 20, 2016 at a cemetery in the Mount of Olives, within view of a Jewish enclave he helped establish in east Jerusalem. (AP PHOTO/Nasser Shiyoukhi, File)

    FILE -- In this Jan. 12, 1999 file photo, Miami-based millionaire Irving Moskowitz, right, leaves the Tomb of the Patriarchs during a tour of the Jewish enclave in the West Bank city of Hebron. Moskowitz an American philanthropist and patron of controversial ultra-nationalist Israeli settlers died and was buried Monday, June 20, 2016 at a cemetery in the Mount of Olives, within view of a Jewish enclave he helped establish in east Jerusalem. (AP PHOTO/Nasser Shiyoukhi, File)  (The Associated Press)

Irving Moskowitz, an American patron of ultranationalist Israeli settlers, has been laid to rest in east Jerusalem.

Hundreds of mourners gathered under heavy security on Monday for the funeral. The 88-year-old multimillionaire died at his home in Miami last Thursday.

Moskowitz donated millions of dollars to the Elad Foundation and Ateret Cohanim, two groups that have helped some 3,000 Israeli Jews move into the Old City and surrounding Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem in a bid to make dividing the city more difficult.

Moskowitz was buried Monday at a cemetery in the Mount of Olives, within view of a Jewish enclave he helped establish.

Israel seized east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed it. The Palestinians want east Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.