OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Arij Applied Research Institute said in a report that occupation authorities are seeking to change the Jerusalem city limits, in order to achieve a Jewish majority in the City.
According to the institute, the occupation has been trying to change the city limits through building the separation wall on Palestinian lands, joining major settlement blocs surrounding Jerusalem to its borders and creating territorial contiguity between them, and isolating Palestinian communities outside the city.
The Institute published a report about the Israeli operation’s efforts to judaize Jerusalem and the project of extending Highway50, which runs through the southern suburbs of Jerusalem and passes through the lands of the towns of Beit Safafa and Sharfat, south of Jerusalem.
Arij Center’s report, which was published on Wednesday, indicates that the Israeli authorities have confiscated 234 dunums of lands of Beit Safafa and Sharfat for the establishment of Highway 50, which has cost $1.1 billion.
The Jerusalem Municipality claimed that the aim behind the construction of the Highway is to ease traffic movement in the southern suburbs of Jerusalem. However Arij Institute asserted that settlers, particularly those living in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc and the settlements established in al-Khalil, are the first to benefit from the new road which will facilitate their travel to Jerusalem.
The Applied Research Institute also pointed out that the road will geographically separate the two towns of Beit Safafa and Sharfat, which depend on each other in all services.
The occupation scheme includes extending the road by 12 km so that it will pass through the southern suburbs of the city of Jerusalem as well as setting up five bridges and three tunnels.
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