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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


“Occupation authorities are planning to establish a ‘tourist bridge for pedestrians’ in the village of Silwan [1]

A joint administration comprised of the Occupation's municipality, Antiquities Authority and Nature and Parks Authority accompanied by members of Israeli Occupation forces stormed the neighborhood of Wadi Al-Rababeh in Silwan on Monday, and carried out excavations in several areas of the neighborhood in preparation for a ‘pedestrian bridge’.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center explained that the municipality is planning to build a bridge between the A-Thuri and Nabi Daoud neighborhoods [2] through Wadi Al-Rababeh under the supervision of the so-called ‘Jerusalem Development Authority’ […]
The [Palestinian] land owners confirmed to the Information Center that they were surprised today by the storming of their land, and by the digging operations intended to establish a new settlement project without informing them in advance so they could file objections to the competent authorities to prevent its implementation.

The residents added that the Occupation authorities are preventing the residents of Wadi Al-Rababeh from using their lands, and from carrying out any restoration or planting, and they are only allowing them to harvest olive trees. The new plan means confiscating the lands in favor of settlement expansion projects.”

– Wadi Hilweh Information Center –Silwan
Editor’s Notes:
[1] Silwan is a Palestinian neighborhood located in the outskirts of the Old City of Jerusalem, and is considered a hot spot in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because of its location. In 1991, a movement was established to promote Jewish settlement in Silwan, which has since caused ongoing clashes between settlers and Palestinian residents. Palestinians in Silwan see any attempt by the Israeli municipality to confiscate land for city projects or public utility as a land grab with which to promote Jewish settlement in the area.
[2] Nabi Daoud is the Arabic name for the area in the town of Silwan where the City of David is located. The city of David is an Israeli settlement and archaeological site. In 1997, management of the site was taken over by the Ir David Foundation and it now and extends down from the southern city walls of Jerusalem's Old City.

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