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Ein al- Jweize, al-Walaje

Al-Walaje is a Palestinian village split between the West Bank (areas B+C) and the Jerusalem Municipality. In recent years, there has been an increase in demolition orders and actual demolitions in the Jerusalem part of the village – known as Ein al-Jweize. Although some 40 homes are currently protected by an injuction, new demolition orders have been received after the proceedings began.

 

In February 2019, following many months of preparatory field work, Bimkom submitted an expert opinion to support the ongoing legal struggle. The main aim of the court action is to protect homes by demanding the re-consideration of a plan prepared by the residents some 10 years ago. The expert opinion addresses the relevance of this old plan and the minor changes that would be necessary in order to continue its promotion. The opinion was submitted to court as well as to the District Planning Bureau and as a result the court hearing was postponed for six months – twice. This is significant because the injuction against actual demolitions remains in tact with each delay. After the first delay, the State argued that the expert opinion was flawed without supplying any explanation as to why. The second delay was requested alongside a demand to clarify this position and a continued demand that the District Planning Committee hold a discussion as per continuing the promotion of the old plan.

 

For a link to the expert opinion (in Hebrew) – click here.

 

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Al-Walaje is a Palestinian village split between the West Bank (areas B+C) and the Jerusalem Municipality. In recent years, there has been an increase in demolition orders and actual demolitions in the Jerusalem part of the village – known known as Ein al-Jweize. In February 2019, following many months of preparatory field work, Bimkom submitted an expert opinion to support the ongoing legal struggle.