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Today: Nov 25, 2017

JCSER: Israel plans to isolate Issawiyeh from Jerusalem

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JCSER warns on November 12 of Israeli plans aiming to isolate Issawiyeh village, northeast Jerusalem, from the occupied city. The Israeli plan comes as part of an entire scheme to isolate other Palestinian neighborhoods such as al-Za'ayem, Shu'fat refugee camp, Ras Shihadeh, Ras Khamis and Dahyet al-Sallam.

According to data available to the center, implementation of the plans began several months ago, but their features floated by blocking the northeast entrance of the village with cemented blocs, earth and rocks barriers. Israeli authorities also blocked the main western entrance that leads to the French Hill Settlement with cemented blocks. Israeli police also erected new travel signs that enable the Palestinian residents to enter Issawiyeh only while forbidding them from exiting.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities are implementing infra structure projects with huge construction and several road branches that lead to the new crossing which is under construction at the western entrance to Shu'fat Refugee Camp. The new crossing is expected to be similar to Qalandiya Crossing which isolated several Jerusalem neighborhoods outside the segregation wall, northeast the city.

Later, Issawiyeh village is expected to be isolated completely from the French Hill Settlement to meet the demands of the settlers there.

According to JCSER, erecting the new traffic signs at the western entrance to Issawiyeh, in addition to the semi-permanent deployment of Israeli Border Guards and police, form the first stage of implementing the scheme of isolation. But, Israeli authorities claim that the current undertaken measures are related to security developments in the area and the increase in thrown stoning incidents against settlers' car, in addition to the daily protests by the Palestinian youths who reside in the village against Israeli policies and measures that target their village and the entire occupied city of Jerusalem.

JCSER noted also to the fact that Israeli authorities had blocked several years ago, the southern entrance to Issawiyeh, near the Hebrew University, causing more sufferings to the Palestinian population in the area who are subjected to continuous raids for collecting taxes, or to monitor the so-called illegal construction. However, residents of the village believe that such raids are only punitive measure, because of their continuous resistance to Israeli measures and policies, such as house demolitions and land confiscation.

It is estimated that there are 20,000 Palestinians living in the village, which is comprise one of the major population location in the occupied city that mostly suffers of housing strangling crisis, due to the many restrictions imposed by Israel's Jerusalem Municipality on the Palestinian construction. The fact, oblige many residents to overcome their housing difficulties by expanding horizontally. However, the municipality reacted with its policy of house demolition and with confiscation of the village land, particularly the lands that locate in the eastern part of the village.

Israeli authorities confiscated the Palestinian lands there in order to establish new networks of tunnels and bridges, in addition to military and security constructions such as the headquarters of the Border Guards' units that are in charge of securing the settler roads, north east Jerusalem, that connect the area with headquarters of the Southern District of Israeli Police, which was moved to near Ma'ale Adumim Settlement.

It is worth mentioning that the old police headquarter, which locates in Ras al-Amud was transferred to settlement organizations which plan to convert it into settlement housing units to increase the settlers numbers in the Palestinian neighborhood of Ras al-Amud. Recently, 66 new families moved to the area to increase the number of Jewish families there to 250.

At that time, a deal was made between the American millionaire Irvin Moscowitz, by which in exchange for converting the old police headquarters to settlement housing units, the later agreed to fund the construction of the new Police headquarters, east to Issawiyeh village, with $100,000,000.

This is not mention that Israel confiscated before more than ten years large areas of land belonging to Isawiyeh for the benefit of E 1 settlement project, which extend on an area of some 12400 dunums, belonging to Isawiyeh, Izariyeh, al-Za'yem, al-Tour and Isawiyeh. As part of the project, Israel plans to construct thousands of housing units in addition to tourism and industrial facilities for the purpose of creating geographic contiguity between Ma'ale Adumim Settlement and Jerusalem, a fact that will divide the northern West Bank from its southern part.