Shepherd Hotel destruction put on hold after appeals are made

[ 17/01/2011 – 11:12 AM ]


OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Jerusalem’s Planning and Construction Committee has issued an injunction order temporarily freezing demolition and rebuilding works on the site of the Arab-owned Shepherd Hotel in Sheikh Jarrah, until the legitimacy of the permit to build there can be decided.

The hotel compound was acquired by the city and sold to Irving Moscowitz, a US entrepreneur known for settlement development work in East Jerusalem. He began working last week on a project to build 20 housing units on the site before eventually linking it with another nearby Jewish settlement.

The injunction order was issued after the Palestinian Islamic Council filed a petition to the planning board’s appeals committee through Arab attorney Qais Nasser.

The appeal claimed the development firm that received the building permit was constructing on land that had historical value, belonging to the family of late Jerusalem Grand Mufti Hajj Amin al-Husseini.

Nasser argued that the permit was based on a report describing Husseini as a Jew-killer and linking him to the Nazi party.

No changes can be made to the Mufti’s hotel, because it is a very old building and must be preserved according to law and planning and construction regulations, Nasser said, adding that a Jewish settlement cannot be built in Sheikh Jarrah before being presented to the public, who would then have the chance to object.

Nasser also called the move a violation of international law.

Shepherd Hotel destruction put on hold after appeals are made.

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