Photo Essay

Please wait while JT SlideShow is loading images...
Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15

mod_vvisit_countermod_vvisit_countermod_vvisit_countermod_vvisit_countermod_vvisit_countermod_vvisit_countermod_vvisit_counter
mod_vvisit_counterToday387
mod_vvisit_counterYesterday951
mod_vvisit_counterThis week5001
mod_vvisit_counterLast week3030
mod_vvisit_counterThis month10592
mod_vvisit_counterLast month39031
mod_vvisit_counterAll days3311158

We have: 55 guests online
Your IP: 54.156.50.71
 , 
Today: Aug 19, 2017

Strip of small settlements east of the Old City and inside the wall of the City

Print PDF

Strip of small settlements east of the Old City and inside the wall of the City

The Jerusalem Center for Social & Economic Rights (JCSER) warns of a quantitative escalation in the Jewish settlement activities in Occupied Jerusalem, a move that has the ultimate aim of judaizing the Old City and tightening Israels control over it. This includes the Holy area surrounding the Old City, which takes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, passing through Sawaneh, Mt. Of Olives, and Ras Al-Amud, ending up with the western side of Abu Dis neighborhood, east of Jerusalem, where Israel intends to build a Jewish settlement, called Kadmat Tsion.

 

In its report on this scheme, the Center has focused on the strategic points recently announced by the Israeli Ministry of Housing and Construction in cooperation with the West Jerusalem Municipality, which plans to build these small settlement neighborhoods, given that the nucleuses for them already exist.

 

 

The Centers report detailed the proposed settlement neighborhoods as follows:

 

First: Settlement Neighborhood in Sheikh Jarrah:

 

The report points out that the basic nucleus of this settlement was set-up three years ago when Jewish settlers seized at least five houses, adjacent to the Sadi Shrine, known to Jewish fundamentalists as the Sidiq Shamon Tomb. The settlers turned one of these houses into a synagogue. Recently, this settlement nucleus has been reinforced by a permanent protection point for the settlers living in this neighborhood.

 

Israeli Tourism Minister, Beni Alon, is one of the most famous settlement leaders in Sheikh Jarrah and has built tens of settlement units, and connecting these with the ultra-orthodox Jewish neighborhood Mea Shaarim. According to Alons scheme, the settlement neighborhood in Sheikh Jarrah is to be one of 17 small neighborhoods adjacent to the Old City, which will form a ring of settlements and allow Israel to tighten its control over the Old City.

 

Second: Settlement Neighborhood in Wadi Al-Joz:

According to the report, this settlement neighborhood is considered an important and strategic point in the ring scheme adjacent to the Old City.

 

The neighborhood will connect the proposed settlement in Sheikh Jarrah and the basic settlement nucleus on Mt. Of Olives, known as Beit Orot. This neighborhood spreads to tens of dunums, starting from Hebrew University St., and ending up at Beit Orot.

 

It includes the construction of 70 settlement units. This project was set-up by Elan Afrat, one of the most Municipalitys prominent engineers, although it was frozen in the early nineties by then Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction, Benjamin ibn Aliazar.

 

The construction of this neighborhood would enhance the Jewish demographic presence in that area, given that work is underway to connect it to other settlement neighborhood, which will be set-up on the hills of Mt. Of Olives, adjacent to the Jewish cemetery and the Moscovitch settlement currently under construction in Ras Al-Amud.

Third: Settlement Neighborhood in Ras Al-Amud:

 

According to the report, the construction of this neighborhood began three years ago. Tens of settlement units have already been built out of the proposed total of 132 units. The units have been designed in the form of fortresses.

This neighborhood is 150 meters away from the Old City and overlooks the Al-Haram As-Sharif. Its main nucleus includes three houses that were seized by extremist Jewish groups.

Jewish families take turns to use these homes as shelters.

The man behind this scheme is the Jewish-American millionaire Ermeng Moscovitch, who has stated his intent to take control of lands and buildings adjacent to the new settlement neighborhood, including a Palestinian youth club.

Forth: Settlement Neighborhood in Silwan:

 

The Silwan neighborhood, south of the Old City, is one of the most targeted areas, due to its alleged historical significance for the extremist settlement groups.

 

Over the past years, these groups have been able to take control of some 20 houses in the Ein al-Lozeh and Ein Hilweh areas of Silwan, turning them into settlement nucleuses surrounded by tight security.

 

These groups have also taken control of an important area of this neighborhood. Over the past years, they have leveled areas to rebuild what they call the City of Daoud, the Hebrew name of Silwan. This area is the heart of the Holy area surrounding the Old City, so-called by Israeli negotiators during the Camp David Summit, during which the Israelis insisted on retaining control of the area.

 

Numerous settlement schemes had previously been announced to connect Silwan to the Old City, especially to the Wailing Wall complex. One proposal was to open a tunnel beneath Jerusalems wall, leading to Burak Square and the Jewish Neighborhood built on the ruins of as-Sharaf neighborhood. This would provide security and protection to the settlers as they commute between their illegal settlements in Silwan and the Old City.

Fifth: Settlement Neighborhood in Jabal Al-Mukabber View of Gold:

 

To the south of the settlement in Silwan, the Jerusalem Municipality has approved a series of schemes to enhance the settlement presence on the western slopes of Jabal Al-Mukabber over the past three years. The most recent measure was the approval to construct a neighborhood called Nov Zahav, which means View of Gold.

This neighborhood will overlook the Old City from the southern side, and connect directly to the Silwan settlement neighborhood, and the settlement nucleuses.Other schemes approved in the same area include the construction of hotels, a mobile restaurant, and building a tourist area to be funded by foreign and Israeli investors, in addition to the construction of tens of settlement units for housing purposes

 

Sixth: Settlement Neighborhood in Abu Dis:

 

This neighborhood, known as Kadmat Tsion is located on the western side of Abu Dis and directly overlooks the Silwan and Jabal Al-Mukabber neighborhoods. It was developed to prevent any demographic Palestinian connection between the Old City and the Abu Dis and Al-Izzariyya neighborhoods, and to prevent any future Palestinian presence in the area.

 

Jewish settlement groups claim that they own tens of dunums in the area. The construction of this settlement neighborhood has been supported by the Jerusalem Municipality, and its Mayor Ehud Olmert. Its construction will constitute new demographic and political facts on the ground there, connecting the settlement neighborhoods in Ras Al-Amud and Jabal Al-Mukabber and forming a bridge between the Jewish settlement of Maele Adumim and the center of the Old City.

 

This will tighten the settlement siege on the city, imposing facts on the ground that will make it impossible to reach any political agreement over the future of Jerusalem.

 

Seventh: Small Settlement Neighborhoods inside the Old City:

According to the report, there is a link between the small settlements built around the walls of the Old City and the settlement activities inside the walls. This link aims to take control of the Haram Al-Sharif and to tighten the settlement ring formed by the extremist Jewish groups.

 

 

Until recently, Bab az-Zahreh was empty of any settlement bases except for one at the entrance of the wall, and three others close to the As-Sadia Quarter.

 

But three years ago, the settlers were able to take control of two dunums of land adjacent to the Haram Al-Sharif on the northern side.

 

The settlement groups claim that the piece of land on which the settlement neighborhood is scheduled to be built was bought from the Russian Church. The construction of this neighborhood would increase the settlers demographic presence inside the Old Citys walls, where there are around 60 settlement nucleuses with some 1,000 settlers, in addition to the 3,000 people living in the Jewish Quarter.

 

Those in charge of this scheme intend to disrupt the demographic balance in the Old City where there are an estimated 30,000 Palestinian Jerusalemite citizens. In addition, the construction of this neighborhood facilitates the desire of extremist groups to take control of the Haram Al-Sharif, through controlling roads leading to it. These groups already have control over the southern and western sides through the 60

settlement nucleuses in these two areas.

Infrastructure of the New Settlements:

 

The Centers report points out that the Israeli authorities have begun setting-up a developed infrastructure under the terms of Ariel Sharons 26 gates around Jerusalem scheme. The recently opened tunnel underneath the Mt.

Of Olives is considered one of the most important moves that will serve the settlement projects proposed in Wadi Al-Joz, Sheikh Jarrah, and Bab Az-Zahreh. In these three areas, the Jerusalem Municipality has begun implementing a series of infrastructure projects (water and sewage) that at first seemed to serve Arab citizens, but in fact facilitate the construction of these new settlements. Setting up these settlements requires a developed water and sewage network directly connected to the main network in West Jerusalem.

 

The Jerusalem Municipality is also implementing similar projects in Silwan and Jabal Al-Mukabber, the aim of which is to connect the public services network in the Palestinian neighborhoods with the Israeli network. The focus is on the areas in which the new settlements are planned.

 

The report concludes that the proposed settlement ring around the Old City is the most important and dangerous among the settlement rings built around Jerusalem, as its borders will constitute 15% of the West Bank.