Gaza, Alray - Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage(AFWH) warned of the decision issued by the Israeli Finance committee in Jerusalem to allocate NIS 20m for judaizing Silwan neighborhood to the south of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The AFWH pointed out the project falls within a series of judaizing schemes discussed recently by the Jerusalem municipality aimed to expand the circle of settlement in the Jerusalem under the pretext of its development.
The municipality claims are delusive since these schemes meant to efface the Arab- Islamic heritage and to prove the lying and falseness of the municipality, said the foundation.
The foundation indicated that the Finance Committee in its recent weekly meeting approved the establishment of a biblical building near Al-Mokaber Mount in a cost of NIS144.000.
On Monday, Palestinian and Israeli negotiators met in the West Bank city of Jericho away from the media despite an earlier announcement of Yasser Abed Rabbo, the Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, that the Palestinians had suspended the talks after Israel killed three Palestinians in the refugee camp of Qalandya, to the north of Jerusalem.
The Palestinian leadership decided to suspend the direct peace talks with Israel in October 2010, after the latter insisted on keeping building settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The negotiations between the two sides resumed following US mediation. The parties, led by chief Palestinian negotiator Sa’eb Erekat and Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, have met a handful of times, mostly in private, in the past month in an attempt to solve the final status issues; Jerusalem, refugees, boundaries, settlements and security. The US hopes Israelis and Palestinians can reach a deal within nine months, though expectations on all sides are low.