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Today: Sep 19, 2017

Dozens of Settlement Units Marketed in 'Nov Zahav Settlement' Marketed

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Israeli occupation authorities have begun to market dozens of settlement units in 'Nov Zahav Settlement' built on Palestinian land in Jabal Al-Mukabber neighborhood, south of Occupied East Jerusalem.

JCSER noted that the construction of the new settlement [Nov Zahav] began over a year ago. It was built on a Palestinian-owned land, which was confiscated years ago. The land-owners have gone through a bitter legal dispute before an Israeli court issued a ruling in favor of Jewish parities granting them the right to deal with the land.

The construction of the settlement is part of a settlement ring that will be built around the Old City of Jerusalem. It [settlement ring] began over three years ago where a new settlement 'Ma'ale Hazitim' was built in Ras Al-Amud neighborhood. Preparations are currently under way to build another settlement 'Kadamat Tsyion' in Abu Dis, adjacent to Jabal Al-Mukabber, and close to Ras Al-Amud neighborhood.

The plan to establish settlement neighborhoods was proposed by former Israeli Ministry of Tourism Beni Ayalon (from the extremist national union). The plan included the construction of 17 small settlement neighborhoods around the Old City of Jerusalem. Indeed, some of these settlements already exist. Examples include the large nucleus settlement in Mt. of Olives 'Beit Oron' and the nucleus settlement in Sheikh Jarrah where Jewish settlement societies are planning to expand these nucleus settlements by transforming them into a settlement neighborhood that includes 'Karm Al-Mufti' and the premises on which Shepard Hotel is built. The hotel is now controlled by a settlement society connected to the American Jewish millionaire Irving Moscovitch - a prominent funder of settlement in the Old City and Silwan.

The construction of small settlement neighborhoods around the Old City of Jerusalem coincides: - With the intensive settlement activity in Silwan southwards; - With turning the land around the Old City into green areas and public gardens; - With the excavations currently taking place in the Al-Aqsa Mosque;

- With opening new tunnels, some of which connect Silwan to the Old City, while others connect the nucleus settlements inside the Old City to those located outside.

JCSER's Director General, warned that the construction of new settlement neighborhoods will disrupt the neighborhoods adjacent to the Old City and isolate them from each other, as happened with the neighborhoods relatively far from the Old City, such as Beit Hanina, Shu'fat, Jabal Al-Mukabber, Dahiet Al-Barid, Ar-Ram, Shu'fat Refugee Camp, Dahiet As-Salam & Al-Issawiyya.

He clarified that Silwan, Ath-Thori, Sawaneh, At-Tur, Sheikh Jarrah & Jabal Al-Mukabber neighborhoods, which are adjacent to the Old City of Jerusalem, will be isolated from each other, either through the public garden project, planned to be implemented, or through the settlement neighborhoods.'

He added, 'Not only will the isolation be geographical, but also demographic, with the aim of getting rid of the largest possible number of Palestinian Jerusalemites living in those neighborhoods. This clearly explains Israel's intensified campaign launched against Jerusalemite houses built in these neighborhoods, and which the Jerusalem Municipality claims that they were built without permits. It also clarifies Israel's raids on houses and shops.'

He clarified that what is currently taking place in Occupied East Jerusalem is very dangerous within Israel's judaization policy in East Jerusalem. He expressed fear that access to the Old City will be through special permits. This has been implemented by the Israeli police over the past few weeks when Palestinian citizens less than 50 & 45 years have been prevented from entering the Old City of Jerusalem for prayer in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.