Ir Amim: Israel to seize 1, 235 dunums of Walja village for its Jewish gardens 23Mar12 March 23, 2012

The Palestine Information Centre  -  21 March 2012

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Ir Amim society reported that the Israeli district committee for planning and building approved a plan to annex 1, 235 dunums of Palestinian land in Walja village south of occupied Jerusalem to turn them into Jewish gardens.

Senior official from Ir Amim Ahmed Sab-Laban said this Israeli plan is part of a scheme called Emek Refaim gardens which is one of the largest Israeli projects related to gardens and green spaces to be built on about 5, 600 dunums of Palestinian lands in Jerusalem.

Sab-Laban explained that the so-called Jerusalem development authority recently made a proposal to expand this scheme by annexing 1, 235 dunums of Palestinian land south of Jerusalem to build what it described as national parks.

After looking into this matter, the Ir Amim official said, it has been found that these tracts of land to be annexed is the same Palestinian territory which is being separated by the Israeli segregation wall in Waljah village.

Hundreds of trees and vast tracts of green and agricultural land are being destroyed around the village in order to expand the wall and prepare the area for the construction of these national parks, he added.

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