Israel to spend NIS16m on East al-Quds City of David Park 28Aug13 August 28, 2013

Palestine News Network     -     26 August 2013

city_of_david_340_220The City of David Park, located in the primarily Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, will be infused with NIS 16 million in a plan that will increase Jewish annexation of East al-Quds.  

Development of the park will be overseen by the Nature and Parks Authority and the Antiquities Authority. Half of the funding will come directly from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, and the remaining funds will be from the Jerusalem Municipality, private donations and Israel’s Tourism Ministry.

The project will include “building wide walkways, archeological digging and other development,” according to a proposition that is expected to be approved in the city council’s upcoming financial committee meeting.

Meretz city councilman Dr, Meir Margalit has expressed concerns about the recent announcement. “The problem”, Margolit said Sunday, ”is that the right-wing is systematically taking ownership of this historical place and turning it into a settlement,” referring to the right-wing Ir David Foundation, which is behind the development plan. 

Margolit continued, “This is a problematic process that can also be seen in other places, such as the Western Wall, where the Orthodox have increasingly taken ownership from the secular. The same process is happening in the City of David with Palestinian rights.”

The Israeli regime will allocate an additional NIS 150,000 to the construction of a mikve, or ritual bath, in the Jewish neighborhood of Nof Tzion, located in the Arab quarter Jebl Mukaber.

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