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Today: Aug 19, 2017

JCSER;s Director: Israeli control over Palestinian religious sites in its final touches

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Director of JCESR, asserts that Israeli occupation, on the level of settlement companies, societies and institutions, is not concerned with halting any settlement activities in Jerusalem. He added that any lodged complaint to Israeli legal system will help only in delaying the action.

He added in a press conference at the Jerusalem Press Club, "settlement schemes in Jerusalem are now almost completed and what is left of coming plans will confiscate the rest of Palestinian land in accordance with so called Zamosh Plan which entails changing the features of the city. According to the plan, a telefric system will be built over the city walls in addition of digging tunnels under the old city. However, he warned of future dangers that jeopardize residency rights of Palestinian Jerusalemites.

According to Director of JCESR, the Israeli goal is to get rid of Palestinian residents from the city. The first step in this regard, He said, was the complete closure of crossing points before Palestinians as was the case in al-Ram near Jerusalem and removing the checkpoint in Beit Haninah. He underlined two points quoted by the Israelis about their intention to issue Jerusalem residents entry permits to the West Bank, as is the case with traveling to Gaza and activating the Absentee Law. However, following the rejection by the international community, implementation of the two issues were suspended.

"All of Juadization measures were adopted after signing Oslo Accords, while meanwhile any activities by the Palestinians in the city are banned in line with the accords," he said.

Director of JCESR addressed also the difficulties facing Palestinian businesses such as the high taxation especially the property tax, Arnona, and the weak trade movement. He affirmed that Palestinian merchants in Jerusalem are in urgent need for support to help their steadfast in the city.

Director of the JCESR wonders about the continuation of negotiations with the Israelis in light of the current unilateral measures in the city which meets their goals in the city. ''The Palestinian side implements all of its obligations in the Road Map, while the other part fails to meet anything because they doesnt want any Palestinian features to come into view,'' he said.

Director of JCESR noted that ''what is taken place in the city, exceed its capacity, but we are trying to help the people through legal representation, consultancy and increasing their awareness to their rights.'' He noted, however, that Israeli law is not helping the Palestinians in the city, since Israeli plans entail political dimensions and both the Israeli law and legal system are mere tools to achieve that."

He warns of the looming consequences of the coming plans. ''In contrary to old policies, today there are plans to displace the Palestinian population and according to some figures, only between 72,000 to 80,000 Palestinian population will be allowed to reside in the city. ''This means, excluding 200,000 Palestinians which will inflict the other problem of confiscating properties of Palestinians who will no more have access to their city.

Regarding Muslim holy sites, particularly al-Aqsa Mosque, JCESR director said that the Israelis are now in their final touches of exercising full control over those shrines. He drew the attention to the extensive presence by Israeli police at the vicinity, in addition of establishing an entire city underground that site.

He also reported that Israeli police prohibit Palestinian access to the area, ''as if Israel is implementing more than what was suggested during Camp David talks about Israeli control of under and above the Islamic shrine.

Commenting on the Israeli court decision to postpone looking into the case of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, he said, ''the presence of the protesting camp is a sign of rejection to Israeli plans, but even the protest by itself is not accepted by Israeli authorities, because they want to proceed with their plans in absence of any voice of protest.''

Hamouri concluded his meeting by calling upon Arab and Islamic nations to activate their response and make use of their giant capabilities to push the international community to exert pressures on Israeli to halt its measures in Jerusalem.