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Today: Oct 23, 2017

JCESR warns of serious ramifications of a new Israeli infra structure project for the Old City

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Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights warned of the serious ramifications of implementing a new project by the Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem to establish a new infra structure in the Old City.

The center reported that several Palestinian merchants in the Old City received notification from the Municipality notifying them that the project will be implemented along the main street from Damascus Gate until the end of al-Wad Street near al-Buraq (wailing wall) Plaza. The merchants added that the Municipality requested them to shut down their stores during the period of the project implementation which will last for two years.

JCESR expressed its surprise for the timing of the project knowing that the Municipality already established an infra structure for all parts of the Old City in the mid eighties. By then several Palestinian homes collapsed because of the diggings, while others were partially affected. Also Palestinian merchants suffered high losses when they were obliged to close their stores.

The Center believes that the new project has nothing to do with infra structure, but rather it aims to fortify the network of tunnels under the Old City to be connected with the center of West Jerusalem, al-Buraq Wall and the Jewish Quarter.

According to information obtained by the center, several damages have been inflicted to the Old City tunnels because of water leak. Moreover, Israeli occupation authorities intend to develop the system of security surveillance in streets of the Old City. In this regard the authorities plan to install additional 150 cameras to the already 500 cameras that are installed in various streets and alleys of the Old City and on the wall of al-Aqsa Mosque particularly the western and eastern parts.

Palestinian owners of the stores situating on both sides of the main way in which the project will be implemented, expect to suffer high losses in their business. As a response, more than 200 of stores owners met and elected a committee to challenge the project in courts. Also, there are fears that some old buildings may collapse, as happened during the eighties' diggings.

Nevertheless, part of the project will help to connect the seventy settlement enclaves that are dotting the Old City. It is also related to another settlement project in Burj al-Laqlaq, knowing that its 1st phase of infra structure was completed five years ago.

JCESR sees the new project as part of the series of projects aiming at Juadizing the Old City, imposing more economic pressures on Palestinians and pushing them to leave their city. It also comes in consistent with other Israeli measures and policies aiming at imposing a forced displacement on the Palestinian protected population under the fourth GC.

The new project also comes in tune with the so-called master plan "Jerusalem 2020" which places the Old City in its heart. According to the plan, the Palestinian population of the Old City will be reallocated to other neighborhoods to reduce the over-crowdedness although no extra land is allocated for new Palestinian residential areas on the plan itself. Moreover, the plan suggests that the "buildings that are of no value to renovation and that might impair the nature of the Old City, can be demolished," and "it is important to decrease the population density in the Old City with the aid of governmental institutions."