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Today: Nov 22, 2017

Israel approves a new settlement compound in Silwan

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Israel's Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Committee approved on Monday the construction of a new settlement compound at the so-called City of David National Park in Silwan.
As part of this decision, Israel Nature and Parks Authority representatives this morning razed Wadi Hilweh Community Center which was built by Silwan residents that included a playground for children and cafe.
According to Haaretz report, the new compound (visitors center) is to be built above the Givati parking lot and will be called the Mercaz Kedem (Kedem Center). The building will be built on stilts and beneath it there will be an area where visitors can view recently discovered archeological findings. The Elad organization, which is active in establishing settlements in the area, promoted the plan and it obtained the support of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who appeared before the district committee earlier today to voice his support.

The building, designed by architect Arie Rahamimov, will also include a parking lot for the use of visitors to the City of David, exhibition space and classrooms and on the roof, there are plans to build a plaza and observation deck overlooking Silwan and the Old City walls.
The plan is an example of outstanding architecture that will contribute to the development of the national park and create public space that befits the location within the site and the city, as well as address the needs of the million and a half annual visitors to the national park, the Ministry of Interiors announcement stated.
On the other hand, Silwan residents and left-wing organizations that support them vehemently objected to the building which they claimed bolstered the process of Judaization of the village and strengthened the Elad organizations hold on the place.
The public interest is to prevent massive construction opposite the walls of the Old City and certainly not to build on top of the major archeological strata uncovered, said Archeologist Yoni Mizrahi, who is active in the Emek Shaveh, an umbrella organization of left-wing archeologists, In addition, the archeology should be presented as part of Silwan where it was found, and not disconnected from it. The decision to erect a building in the Givati parking lot will fortify the Elad organizations Israeli settlement in Silwan and further exclude the Palestinian residents from their right to their villages past.