Learn about the most prominent issues of Jerusalem carried forward to 2022
Many files will be transferred to 2022, the most important of which are the issues of Palestinian neighborhoods threatened with forced displacement, either through demolishing homes under the pretext of building them without a license or evacuating them for the benefit of settlement associations.
Occupied Jerusalem- Will the residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood be evicted from their homes in 2022? Will the Jerusalemite presence be completely exterminated from the neighborhoods of Silwan, whose homes are threatened by mass demolition? And how will the features of the old town and its surroundings look in light of the continued implementation of Judaization projects aimed at controlling the public space of the city?
These and other questions haunt the residents of Jerusalem and researchers in the city’s affairs on a daily basis, and perhaps their answers and other questions seem bleak and do not herald a quiet new year to which many crucial issues have moved.
The writer and researcher specialized in Jerusalem affairs, Mazen Al-Jabari, most beautifully talked about the year 2021, by saying that it is the year during which the Israeli government was able to impose a strategy of annexation on Jerusalem, and came close to imposing permanent sovereignty over it.
He added that Israel went ahead with its Judaization plans after strengthening its relations with Arab countries through peace agreements and normalization relations, also relying on the Palestinian division and the silence of the international community.
Thousands threatened with displacement
And until 2022, many files will be deported, the most important of which are the issues of Palestinian neighborhoods threatened with forced displacement, either by demolishing homes under the pretext of building them without a permit, as is the case in 5 neighborhoods in the town of Silwan, or evacuating homes for the benefit of settlement associations, as in the Batn al-Hawa neighborhoods in the town of Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah.
Al-Jabari said that the Israeli government will make progress during 2022 in the file of Judaization, settlement and forced mass displacement, and the annexation of the eastern and western parts of the city.
In addition, the government will move forward with the Greater Jerusalem project through many tunnels and streets between the two parts of the city, and dozens of streets to connect West Bank settlements with Jerusalem, with the aim of preventing the division of Jerusalem in any future negotiations, thus deciding the city as the eternal Jewish capital of the occupying state, according to the Jerusalem researcher. .
Huge settlement projects
The settlement file will witness a major movement during the next year, in terms of expanding existing settlements or establishing new huge settlements.
Al-Jabari explained that 3,000 settlement units will be built in each of Beit Safafa and Jabal Abu Ghneim, south of Jerusalem.
In the vicinity of the Old City, Israel will complete the “East Jerusalem City Center” scheme. This project includes a huge square of land and markets, starting from Bab al-Amoud area, passing through Sultan Suleiman and Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi Streets, part of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and part of the industrial area in Wadi al-Joz.
The project aims – according to Al-Jabari – to stop the Palestinian expansion and the annexation of West Jerusalem with East, through architectural projects that Israel claims will improve the features of the city.
In the western part of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, known to Palestinians as “Ard al-Naqqa,” the researcher believes that many families will be evicted after settling this section in favor of the settlement associations. In the opposite section known as “Karam al-Jaouni”, attempts to displace Palestinian families will continue, especially after the confiscation of the land adjacent to the neighborhood in order to establish public facilities for settlers.
Silwan (neighbor of Al-Aqsa Mosque), about 7,000 Jerusalemites of its residents will face the threat of forced displacement because of their threat to demolish their homes in Wadi Hilweh, Al-Bustan, Wadi Yasoul, Ain Al-Lawzeh and Wadi Al-Rababa, under the pretext that they were built without a permit, and the real goal is to establish settlement projects in their place.
In the Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in the same town, the Ateret Cohanim Association claims that the homes belong to Jews of Yemeni origin before 1948, and the association is seeking to evict 726 Jerusalemites living on an area of 5.2 square dunams (a dunam of one thousand square meters) in the neighborhood.
In addition to the huge settlement projects, the property and land settlement project, which aims – according to Al-Jabari – to confiscate 50% of the 9% of the area owned by Palestinians in Jerusalem at the present time.
Al-Jabari says: “In 2022, Israel will move from the reality of annexing Jerusalem to forcing the countries of the world to recognize its sovereignty over it, and the Jerusalemites, in turn, will continue to defend their properties and confront the demolition of their homes and persistence in the most important issue for them, which is the defense of Al-Aqsa Mosque.”