This week we recorded the first success of this campaign when we managed to stop the illegal work that the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) began to perform on the private lands of residents of Issawiya as part of the development of the new national park scheduled to be built on their land.
The planned national park, located adjacent to the E1 area, would constitute another obstacle to any future agreement regarding Jerusalem and would “choke off” a number of Palestinian neighborhoods.
In the coming days, the “Solidarity” movement, together with residents of A-Tur and Issawiya, is organizing a series of protests against the approval of this national park:
The INPA destroyed it, we will fix it:
This Friday, January 13, join the residents of Issawiya in repairing the damage caused by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority through the work it started on the park infrastructure this week. Meet at 11:15 next to the Aroma Cafe on Mount Scopus (by Hebrew University).
Contact: Daniel 054-6236609
A large demonstration in Safra square:
On Tuesday, January 17, we will demonstrate together with hundreds of residents of East Jerusalem in front of City Hall to protest the city’s support of the National Park plan. Meet at Safra Square at 4:00 PM. For transportation to the demonstration please register via this online form.
For the Facebook event, click here.
Like every week, we will lead a tour to get to know the area and meet with the residents. The tour will be lead by “Solidarity” activists and residents of Issawiya and A-Tur. This week the tour will be held on Wednesday, January 18, and begin at 4:00 PM. Meet next to the Aroma Cafe on Mount Scopus (by Hebrew University).
For information and registration: 054-5858625
Please take five minutes and send a copy of the letter we prepared, to your Jewish community representatives, elected officials, members of Knesset and local Israeli embassies: see here
To read more about the case:
A call for action: Stop the Slopes of Mount Scopus “National Park”
A New Plan to Establish a National Park Threatens to Choke Issawiya and A-Tur
“New Jerusalem park a ‘ruse’ to set up new settlement, activists say”, Haarets
“National park in east Jerusalem stirs controversy”, JPOST