KARACHI - The century-old Jewish graveyard, considered the second cemetery of the community in Karachi, has been found in dilapidated condition at Jamila Street in the Mewashah Graveyard, Usmanabad. The Jewish community used to reside in Ramsawamy, Ranchore Line and Soldier Bazaar till late 1970s and bury their dead bodies in the said cemetery. It is pertinent to mention here that so far this scribe is the only journalist who, for the first time, unearthed the knowledge regarding the Jewish graveyard through some old residents and sextons in the locality. The first cemetery of the Jewish community is located in the same Mewashah Graveyard limits in the Raxerline, a few kilometers away from the second one situated in Usmanabad at Jameela Street. Around 40 to 50 graves of Jewish people found in the graveyard situated in the limits of Katchi Memon graveyard. These graves have been separated from those of the Memon community but situated in the same graveyard. The old residents of the area told The Nation that there is another Jewish cemetery in the Mewashah Graveyard surroundings but no one noticed the dilapidated condition of the graves there. Mewashah Graveyard has also been used by various communities for the burial of their dead bodies including Christians, Hindus, Jews, Behaies and others.   More than 40 graves in this graveyard were found in dilapidated condition with epitaphs inscribed with religious writings in Hebrew and English. Famous yellow stone of Sindh was used as epitaphs on these graves. The scripts, written in Hebrew and English languages, are still visible but various alphabets have been effaced due to natural factors. The boundary wall has also been demolished. The custodian of the cemetery, Mollah Khudadad alias Baboo Bhai, said "These graves are of the Jewish people who lived in in Ranchrore Line and Ramsaway and buried their dead here." He said that Jewish cemetery in Usmanabad is around 145 years old. He added that when he was a teenage boy, he saw a few Jewish families living in the Ranchore Line where a Synagogue was also constructed. The said synagogue was later encroached in the 1980s and a Jewish woman, Rachel Joseph, a resident of Ranchore Line, was fighting for the survival of her place of worship. Mullah Khudad remembered the same woman visited the graveyard regularly. He said that the old woman did not talk to any one during her visit. Rachel Joseph tried her level best to re-establish the Synagogue but failed due to influential land mafia. Khudadad said that the Memon community has also directed him to look after the graves of Jewish community. They have resisted the encroachment and demolition of the Jewish graves. Neither the Sindh Archeology Department nor CDGK authorities took notice of the dilapidated condition. It is considered that these are the graves of Jewish people who lived in Ramswamy, Ranchore Line and Soldier Bazaar. Magain Shalome Synagogue, once stood at the corner of Jamila Street and Nishtar Road, was also demolished in 1988 and a shopping centre was built there. An old resident of the area, Sharif Musa, said that his forefathers had been living near the Katchi Memon Graveyard for more then 200 years while his father and grandfather worked as sextons there. He said that his forefathers had informed him about the graves of Jewish community. He said that the Jewish community people lived in separate blocks in Ranchore Line. They were peaceful people having limited relations with local people and used to keep a distance from political activities. When Arab-Israel war broke out in late sixties, they were isolated and started migrating silently and only a few Jewish people left in the city. Sharif further said that when as a synagogue was demolished in Ranchore Line, the remaining families also left Karachi for good. He said that Jewish families living in Ranchore Line spoke Urdu language in dealing with local people.  Another sexton said "We want to level the Jewish graves but the elders of Katchi Memon community do not allow us, however we do not look after them."