Proposal to implement Al-Bustan demolition plan amidst upheaval in Arab world

Sunday, 27 March, 2011 | 14:15

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC)

Several high-ranking officials in the Jerusalem Municipality have submitted a proposal to city mayor Nir Barakat to begin the prospective demolition program in Al-Bustan neighborhood of Silwan.

Residents of Silwan have denounced the proposal as a calculated move to execute the highly controversial plan during a time when international media attention is focused elsewhere, namely on the current uprisings in Libya, Yemen and around the Arab world. Residents dismiss officials’ notion that the demolition of large tracts of this prominent Jerusalem neighborhood could pass relatively unnoticed as naive and have asserted that were it to be implemented, it would trigger large-scale Palestinian uprisings.


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