IOA confiscate Jerusalem land to build war dead memorial
|Saturday, September 4,2010 13:10|
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, The Israeli occupation authorities has decided to build a war dead memorial on lands that belong to Palestinian citizens in Sheikh Jarrah suburb in the occupied city of Jerusalem, well-informed Hebrew sources revealed Thursday.
According to the sources, the Israeli administration of Jerusalem municipality wants to build the memorial to remember Israelis who were "killed at the hands of Palestinian aggressors".
It added that members of the municipal council were set to ratify the decision during a municipal session two week from now, pointing out that the place was "the most suitable location for the memorial".
The sources estimated the confiscated Palestinian land to be 6, 500 sq meters, but Palestinians believe that the Israeli step was only part of the Israeli occupation authority policy to expand the settlement activities and to distort Arab identity in occupied Jerusalem.
"We found the place as the most suitable site for such crucial civil needs, and we found no reason to hinder the use of those lands for Israeli public needs and for matters we view as of Jewish and national values", said Yaer Jabay, the member of the Jewish municipal council.
The Israeli decision to confiscate the land came on the eve of the kicking-off of the US-sponsored direct Israeli-Fatah negotiations, which the great majority of the Palestinian people oppose.