New Jerusalem Park To Be Built Mainly On Arab Land

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  Tuesday December 06, 2011 13:37 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

The so-called Regional Construction and Planning Committee at the Jerusalem Municipality prepared a plan for the construction of a new “National Park” in Al Masharef Mountain (Mount Scopus area). Rights activists in Palestine and Israel said that the plan aims at preventing the development of Al Esawiyya and At-Tour Arab neighborhoods.

Image By Arabs48
Image By Arabs48

The Jerusalem Municipality claimed that the park will have a great significance on both the “natural and the archeological aspects of the city”.

The park will be built on 734 Dunams of lands that are mainly privately owned by the Palestinian residents of Al Esawiyya and At-Tour, while some parts of it will be built on Lifta village that was destroyed during Israel’s creation in Palestine in 1948.

Palestinians and Israeli peace activists said that the real motives behind establishing this park is to control more Palestinian lands, and to designate an area for a future Jewish-only settlement that would choke the Palestinian neighborhoods.

They also stated that 15 Palestinian buildings will be removed as part of this plan.
Residents of Al Esawiyya and At-Tour have been trying to get the municipality to approve an expansion to the neighborhoods due to the natural increase of their population, but the new plan would make such an expansion impossible especially since Israeli settlements are surrounding the two neighborhoods from all other directions.

The “National Park” project was approved by the Jerusalem Municipality this past April; it also aims at creating a link between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim settlement.

In related news, the so-called “National Security Council” in Israel discussed another plan that aims at constructing the so-called “King’s Garden” that would lead to the destruction of 22 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem.

The plan is also considered a “tradeoff” as Israel offered to grant permits to 66 Arab-owned buildings in return for establishing the touristic garden in the area. The plan was met with local and international objections.

Member of the Jerusalem City Council, Yair Gabai, stated that “there is no sovereignty without implementing the law”, adding that “Israel should not bow to the outlaws”, while referring to the indigenous Arab inhabitants of the city, and their Israeli supporters.

He claimed that the Arabs are “illegally building on private and historic sites”, and that “Israel must explain to the International Community that the King’s Garden will also improve the quality of life to the residents of East Jerusalem”.

He added that, during his meeting with the United Nation’s Middle East envoy, Richard Miron, the latter said that the United Nations is willing to be part of this initiative, the Arabs48 News Website reported.

The Palestinians seek East Jerusalem as the capital of their future independent state. Israel occupied Jerusalem along with the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967.

On July 30 1980, the Israeli Knesset passed that so-called “Jerusalem Law” declaring Jerusalem as the eternal and united capital of Israel.

On August 20 1980, the United Nations Security Council passed resolution number 478 declaring the Jerusalem Law “null and void”.

The resolution also called on member countries to remove their embassies and diplomatic missions from the city.

It was passed by 14 countries; there were no votes against it while the United States abstained.

Source and more at the International Middle East Media


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Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 (updated Dec 3, 2011: 85.000) new homes in the city’s occupied eastern sector over two decades:

  • 23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.
  • 13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.
  • 23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.

Of these, the municipality plans:

  • 10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.
  • 5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.
  • 4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem’s Old City.

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