Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Archaeological Excavations Damaging Palestinian Homes in East Jerusalem

According to Maan News Agency archaeological excavations are damaging Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem. I suspect that the excavations connected with PCG have nothing to with this particular problem but this serves to illustrated how politically charged and disruptive such things can be in Jerusalem. (Watchdog: Israeli excavations in East Jerusalem seriously damaging Palestinian homes, Ma'an News Agency, August 29, 2016.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Palestinian residents of the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan have seen their homes sustain growing damage as a result of Israeli construction in the area, a local watchdog reported on Monday. 
According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, ongoing Israeli excavations in the neighborhood have caused deep fissures to appear or worsen in homes in the Wadi Hilweh area of Silwan. 
One widow who moved after her ground floor apartment suffered from serious damage, has now seen new fissures appear on the second floor of the same building only months after she relocated there. ... 
Silwan residents reportedly managed to obtain an Israeli court order to stop excavations for 14 months. 
Did that affect PCG's excavations? However it seems some have been able to get around that court order.
However, Israeli settler organizations have since been given permission to continue with excavations “so long as they don’t endanger the residents.” But Qarain said that the ongoing excavations and diggings “do not take into account the safety of the residents.”
One organization cited in this matter is the City of David Foundation, a settler organization which also purchases buildings in East Jerusalem in an attempt to fill up East Jerusalem with Israeli Jews.
Right-wing Israeli organization Elad, also known as the Ir David Foundation, aims to "rediscover and preserve the Biblical city of David," in an effort to connect Jews to their Biblical roots through tourism, archaeological excavation, and "Judaizing Jerusalem" by buying out homes in Palestinian majority neighborhoods. 
The organization began the buy and takeover of Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem in the early 1990s, and later established the City of David Settlement in the Palestinian neighborhood of Wadi Hilweh.
May peace soon come to the Holy Land.

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