Elad guards tighten control over Silwan Spring

Sunday, 23 January, 2011 | 16:42 | « Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — Elad-hired settlement guards prevented foreign tourists from entering the Ein Silwan area of Wadi Hilweh today, say witnesses. In what is becoming a reoccuring incident, visiting sightseers were refused entry to Ein Silwan (Silwan Spring) through the southern entrance, owned by the Islamic Waqf (public religious foundation), of the adjoining mosque on the grounds that the area was under the guards’ control.

Elad monopolizes control of all tourist sites in the Palestinian neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh, including the northern entrance and tunnel leading to Silwan Pool. The vast majority of tourist attractions are exploited for political gain by Elad, using sites such as City of David archaeological excavations to further their own ideological clout within the region. Arab and Islamic heritage is carefully airbrushed away to present a vision of purely biblical Jewish history of Silwan to the public, despite its long Palestinian history and over 50,000 Palestinians who call the village home today.







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