JERUSALEM – 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.