Al-Quds int’l issues report on Israel’s Judaization activities in J’lem

[ 26/04/2011 – 01:58 PM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Al-Quds international institution released its quarterly report on the state of occupied Jerusalem and the serious violations committed by the Israeli occupation against the city and its natives from January to March 2011.

The report underlined that “during the first three months of this year, Jerusalem was seething as all Arab capitals, but while the capitals of the region were moving towards freedom, Jerusalem was moving towards more oppression after the occupation made wide strides in its project to Judaize the city geographically and demographically.”

The report pointed out to the absence of the Arab and Muslim role in confronting Israel’s Judaization steps in the holy city, except for shy condemnation for the demolition of Shepherd hotel in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood voiced by Egypt and Jordan.

According to the report, the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) finished in January one of its biggest tunnels under the Aqsa Mosque and its vicinity which is part of the religious Jewish city being built underground.

On January 9, 2011, the IOA knocked down the historical Shepherd hotel in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in order to build more than 70 settlement units in its place.

“With the demolition of this hotel, the occupation has exceeded one of the toughest obstacles in the way of its project to Judaize the neighborhoods around the old city and the Aqsa Mosque which aims to separate the Arab neighborhoods in the heart of the city from its Arab environs and cut off their territorial contiguity,” Al-Quds institution said in its report.

As for the demographic Judaization as the report described, the IOA approved during the last three months the building of more than 1500 housing units in the settlements of Gilo in the south and Pisgat Ze’ev in the north after it managed to contain the US and European pressures demanding it to halt settlement activities.

At the height of the wave of political pressures, the office of the Israeli premier declared its intention to freeze three settlement plans in Jerusalem, but once these pressures started to decline and the international community became preoccupied with the turmoil in Arab countries, the IOA immediately sanctioned new settlement plans much larger than those cancelled.

The IOA also on February approved a plan to build a big military base in the heart of Jerusalem, a few hundred meters northeast of the old city.

In an attempt to force the Palestinian natives out of their holy city, the IOA intensified its pressures on them in mid-march through imposing a ban on all Palestinian and Jordanian curricula in all Jerusalem schools and replace them with ones issued by the Israeli ministry of education.

These accelerating developments in the holy city were accompanied by a defeatist attitude by the Palestinian authority and its negotiators who recognized the fait accompli imposed by Israel and declared readiness to split the Aqsa Mosque compound between Muslims and Jews.

In a related context, the Islamic-Christian commission for the support of Jerusalem and holy sites warned that the IOA is trying to take over all Islamic shrines in the West Bank and Jerusalem and declare them Jewish sites.

Secretary-general of the commission Hasan Khater said in televised remarks on Monday that Yousuf’s Tomb in Nablus, the shrine of Simon in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil city are all pure Islamic sites, but the Israeli occupation insists on its claims that they are related to the Jewish heritage.

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