In the video: documentation of security forces firing without operational reason at an Arab neighborhood in northern Jerusalem (documentation on social networks according to Article 27 A of the Copyright Law)
A delegation of members of the Knesset will arrive today (Sunday) in the northern part of the Atarot neighborhood in northeast Jerusalem to check the possibility of advancing processes towards building a Jewish neighborhood there.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hold a first meeting on the subject later this week.
A Likud official said that they "intend to promote this with all their might."
Among the members of the Knesset who will come for the tour will be Boaz Bismuth from Likud, Yitzhak Pindros
from Torah Judaism, Ohad Tal from Religious Zionism, Avraham Bezalel from Shas and Limor Son Har Melech and Almog Cohen from Otzma Yehudit.
The Qalandiya refugee camp in the Arab suburb of Ram. Until the year 2000, it had the runways of an airport from the Mandate period, and for almost ten years they have been trying to build a Jewish neighborhood there. This is a particularly large area that is now abandoned. In the municipality's plans, it is 1,265 dunams, where 9,000 will be built New housing units and 290,000 spaces for commerce and employment.
The construction plan will be advanced following the attack.
Architectural plan of the neighborhood in northern Jerusalem (photo: official website, architect Yuval Kadmon)
For about a decade, construction was frozen during the term of US President Barack Obama, as part of the construction freeze plan - along with other plans in Jerusalem such as Har Huma and Givat HaMatus. When Trump came to power, it took another two years for construction on the ground to thaw, and in 2020 the municipality decided to recommend to the district committee Promotion of a new plan for the establishment of the neighborhood.
According to those promoting the construction, the geographical significance is important - building an Arab neighborhood instead will create a territorial succession of Arab villages between Ramallah and Bethlehem, which will harm Israel on a political level. Following the attack in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood, which is adjacent to this area, some of them intend To propose to name the new neighborhood that will be built "Givat HaSheva" in memory of the victims.
On the other hand, European diplomats on behalf of the European Union who toured the site during the period of the municipality's approval expressed their protest against the issue and claimed that the construction would be an obstacle to peace: "The recent approvals of thousands of housing units for Israelis aim to cut off the Palestinians from their city and change the character of East Jerusalem. Such actions not only violate the Israel's commitments as an occupying power also undermine the steps towards sustainable peace between the parties and provoke tensions in the field."
The chairman of the "If I Forget You" organization Haim Silverstein said in response: "We see as a first-rate national task the establishment of the neighborhood located in the north of Jerusalem, which will prevent a strategic sequence for the establishment of a Palestinian capital in Jerusalem.
Also, the establishment of the neighborhood will provide an answer to Jerusalem's natural growth needs along with lowering housing prices and contributing to the capital's prosperity."
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