Israel seeks to complete “Jerusalem envelope” project this year

Wednesday, 19 January, 2011 | 00:44 | « Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — As the Israeli settlement enterprise expands throughout East Jerusalem, the state seeks to complete construction of the separation wall by the end of 2011. These two programs make up an integral part of the notorious 2020 plan, which seeks to create a clear Palestinian minority, of less more than 12% of the population, in Jerusalem by the year 2020. The plan, encompassing a vast orray of both formal and informal plans and policies of the Israeli state and various institutions enjoys the financial support of a significant number of American donors.

Israel has stepped up its pace over the last decade to complete what has been dubbed the “Jerusalem envelope”, a ring of Jewish Israeli civilian and military presence around East Jerusalem. The envlope aims to encircle the Old City and surrounding regions it hopes to annex in to its territory, cutting off tens of thousands of Palestinian Jerusalemites from their own city and isolating others within their own neighborhoods. The next phase of the plan is widely believed to be the solidification of physical division between Palestinians of the north and south districts of Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem Planning and Construction Committee has recently approved the construction of 197 settlement housing units throughout East Jerusalem: 32 in Pizgat Ze-ev, 57 in Ramat Shlomo and 90 in Talpiot.

200 km of the separation wall has been built in the Jerusalem area, leaving a mere 22 km of heavily secured fencing to be converted in to the high, concrete wall. Authorities aim to have this final stretch finished by the end of this year, thus completing the so-called “Jerusalem envelope”.

Israel maintained the pace of construction last year as it approved 1400 new housing units in Gilo settlement, constructed in south Jerusalem on the lands of Beit Jala and Beit Safafa villages.

Israel seeks to complete “Jerusalem envelope” project this year « Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem.

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