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Playgrounds alongside Community Gardens In the Palestinian Neighborhoods of East Jerusalem

In the Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, there is a severe shortage of public parks, as well as other public infrastructure and services. The Israeli authorities have built under 20 playgrounds in these neighborhoods, even though they are home to some 400,000 Palestinians (39% of the city’s population according to municipal data from the end … read more

The American Road, East Jerusalem

The American Road was planned and underwent its first steps of implementation in the mid-1960s by an American company that was hired by the Jordanian government–that’s where it gets its name. The objective of the road was to connect the villages southeast of Jerusalem on the outskirts of Wadi an-Nar (Nachal Kadron), providing an alternate … read more

Cable Car to the Old City, Jerusalem

In February 2019, the National Infrastructure Commission released Plan #86 to the public. The plan proposes constructing a cable car from the First Station in West Jerusalem, over the Valley of Hinnon, to Mount Zion and onward to the “City of David” in East Jerusalem. The cable car is planned to pass directly above the roofs of the houses in Wadi Hilwa, Silwan, and the foundations of the massive pilons supporting the cable car are planned to be built directly below the foundations of existing houses. For these reasons and more, Bimkom, along with a number of residents of Wadi Hilwa, filed an objection to this plan.

Trapped by Planning

Over the course of almost fifty years, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Israeli national planning authorities have dealt extensively with planning in Jerusalem, including the planning of the Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. And yet, despite the many plans that have been drawn up and approved in this period, the planning situation in these neighborhoods … read more