The Planning and Building Committee of the Jerusalem Municipality is expected to approve building permits for 176 housing units for Jews in the Nof Tzion neighborhood in the eastern part of Jerusalem. Channel 1 reported on Wednesday that the committee is expected to pass the permit for the new construction on Sunday.There are currently 250 religious Jewish residents in seven apartment buildings comprising 91 housing units built by an Israeli developer eight years ago. The land for the project was purchased in the early 1990’s and several Arab families sued, claiming ownership but the Israeli Supreme Court found the claim to be baseless.
Though Nof Tzion is within the 1967 Armistice lines, or what left-wing refers to as “the green line”, left wing anti-Israel groups object to Jewish housing in Arab-majority areas. Nof Tzion is inside an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem called Jabel Mukaber.
Peace Now, a left-wing anti-Israel nongovernmental organization, issued a statement denouncing the idea as being harmful to creating a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
“Building a large settlement in the heart of a Palestinian neighborhood would constitute a severe blow to Jerusalem and to the chance to arrive at a two-state solution. This is not a matter of real estate but a matter of politics and sovereignty, as the Israelis moving to homes inside Palestinian neighborhoods are motivated solely by ideology, and are trying to prevent a future compromise in Jerusalem..”
When Jerusalem was unified in the Six Day War, many residents of Jabel Mukaber rejected Israeli citizenship and are registered as permanent residents in Israel with full rights of citizens.
When Jerusalem was unified in the Six Day War, many residents of Jabel Mukaber rejected Israeli citizenship and are registered as permanent residents with full rights of citizens. There have been many violent anti-Israel protests in Jabel Mukaber and YNet News, a major Israeli news service, referred to the area as “an incubator of terrorism”. A security wall has been built in the town in an attempt to cope with this problem. An additional wall was erected in October in the wake of firebomb attacks launched from Jabel Mukaber into the neighboring area of Armon Hanatziv.
Source: Israel in the News