Friday, February 20, 2009

Proposal to Relocate Inhabitants of City of David

Excavations in the earliest part of Jerusalem have long been hindered by the presence of modern buildings. Many of the houses in the “City of David” were allegedly built without government permits, and the municipality has threatened to destroy them. This would allow for much more extensive excavation of the area. Recently, the city offered to transfer the affected families to another part of town. Naturally, the Arab residents are not enthusiastic about the plan. The article does not mention another reality: any Arab who gives up land to the Jews faces a death sentence. Haaretz reports:

The Jerusalem municipality may offer to voluntarily relocate some 1,500 Palestinian residents of the city's Silwan neighborhood - currently living on top of an archaeological site - to alternative lots in East Jerusalem, residents say.

The option was brought up by city council and East Jerusalem portfolio holder Yakir Segev, in meetings with the residents.

The 88 houses at issue were constructed without permits in the Al-Bustan area of Silwan and are slated for demolition. They stand in an area known as the King's Garden, defined as being of great archaeological importance by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

According to attorney Ziad Qa'awar, the last meeting took place early February and saw Segev proposing two alternative locations, one on a different hill in Silwan, and the other in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina, in the northeast of the city.

The proposition was unanimously rejected by the residents.

"We told him that these were lands we inherited from our parents, and we were not going to give them up," said Fathi Abu Diab, a member of the residents' committee. "We were born here, and our children were born here too."

The story continues here.

HT: Joe Lauer

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5 Comments:

  • "Recently, the city offered to transfer the affected families to another part of time."

    Haha. Freudian slip?

    By Anonymous dfrese, at Sat Feb 21, 10:00:00 PM  

  • Oops!

    Now corrected.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Sat Feb 21, 10:49:00 PM  

  • Well, the implication is that the offer of voluntary moving precedes involuntary removal. Demolition of illegal buildings will procede, and the result of resistance will be that the inhabitants of those neighborhoods end up with nothing. Not good.

    By Blogger Kevin P. Edgecomb, at Mon Feb 23, 05:14:00 PM  

  • I think what complicates this further is a long history of the state taking over Palestinian land and giving it to Jewish families and businesses.

    Don't get me wrong, I would love to see this happen in a fair and just way. But, I can only imagine the Silwan families assuming that has nothing to do with archaeology and all to do with resettlement.

    By Anonymous Al Sandalow, at Mon Feb 23, 08:56:00 PM  

  • Apparently, this is more than just simple talk and may happen soon:

    http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-02-24-voa47.cfm

    By Anonymous Al Sandalow, at Tue Feb 24, 03:20:00 PM  

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