Monday, 8 April 2013 / Occupied Palestine – The International Jerusalem Center warned of Israeli intentions to establish a Talmudic garden on confiscated Jerusalemite lands near Al-Aqsa Mosque from the eastern side.
The Center said that the occupation authorities decided to build a Talmudic garden, a garbage dump and an infrastructure network over an area of more than 1,232 dunums of confiscated Jerusalemite land, owned by citizens in the towns of Issawiya, Tur and Anata.
It stressed in a press statement on Sunday that in case of the implementation of such a serious settlement plan, these Jerusalemite towns will be deprived of urban expansion, isolated from their Arab surrounding, and exposed to more restrictions.
The IJC warned that the plan comes within the framework of a larger settlement scheme that aim to connect Maale Adumim – one of the largest settlements in the West Bank – with a number of smaller settlements in the vicinity of the Old City.
It also asserted that the occupation wants to isolate and besiege the Jerusalemite towns of Issawiya, Tur and Anata, in preparation to displace the population, and besiege the rest of the eastern side of Jerusalem.
The IJC urged the Palestinian leadership to move in order to stop these Israeli schemes, based on the international resolutions that consider Jerusalem an occupied land, especially after Palestine obtained the status of non-member observer state at the United Nations.
It also called for resorting to the International Criminal Court to stop the Israeli occupation authorities' schemes against Jerusalem and its residents.