Another day in the annexation: two Palestinian villages in East Jerusalem lose their connection – video

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Allison Deger, Mondoweiss, Jan 31, 2012  | IMEU | Mondoweiss


A few weeks ago, I covered the confiscation of land from two Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. Expropriating from Al- Isawiyah and Al-Tur, the land was re-zoned by the Jerusalem municipality for a nature reserve, which would inhibit the Jerusalem resident Palestinians from use. A legal rights group filed a petition this week to stop construction of the nature park, and the court issued an injunction. However, the environmental ministry is violating the order, already demolishing road access between the two villages.
You can see the road demolition in the above video. Villagers are trying to restore their road.
The violation of the court stays demonstrates the absence of legal avenues for Palestinian communities facing demolition and land confiscation. This park is of particular weary to the resident effected, as it Efrat Cohen from the planning rights NGO contends it will cause Palestinians to be “boxed-in from all sides.” Furthermore, Meretz’s Meir Margalit deems the park a “farce,” citing:

There’s nothing there but rocks and thorns, certainly nothing to justify a national park. The only reason for such a plan is to seize lands and hold them as a reserve for a future settlement, while suffocating the Palestinian neighborhoods.

Thus far, the parks authority has moved a large amount of earth and debris from one area to another, blocking a dirt road.

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Latest Reports of the United Nations

  • New UN Report Shows Sharp Rise In Palestinians Uprooted By Israeli Demolitions – IMEMC – Jan 27, 2012
  • Report OCHA – Demolitions & Forced Displacement – Year 2011 – Report | PDF

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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Besides this, Israel approved plans to ethnic cleanse 57.000 bedouin from Palestine

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