Updates and sad news

We are sadly yet to receive a reply from the petitions (online and paper) that we submitted in mid-December, both to the Israeli Ministry of the Interior and, cc-ed, the Israeli Embassy in London.

Moreover, the news has recently been announced that the Local Planning Committee in Jerusalem recommended that plans for a military college on the Mount of Olives be approved (see more info from The Jerusalem Post and France 24). Now, the decision passes to the District Planning Committee.

Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Pepe Alalu (Meretz) said that the location is a “clear political goal.”

‘“Building an army college, especially over the 1967 Green Line, is very problematic,” Alalu said, adding that the site had been scrapped as a location for the Supreme Court due to the area’s sensitivity. He added that the massive underground parking lot, expected to reach five floors below ground, will bring hundreds of cars to the area and strain the limited road infrastructure, as well as blocking access to the Augusta Victoria hospital’ wrote The Jerusalem Post.

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