National Parks

Historic Jerusalem – Challenges and Proposals for Interim Steps

Introduction This document deals with the role of archaeology and tourism in reshaping the identity of Jerusalem’s Historic Basin, and the implications for the dispute over sovereignty. In the past...

Update: Jerusalem Municipality Announces Taking possession of 60 dunams of Private Land in Silwan and Abu Tor for Gardening Purposes

Recently the Jerusalem Municipality announced that it issued gardening orders on 27 plots in Silwan and Abu Tor consisting of approximately 60 dunams.  According to the law, the municipality can...

Knesset Committee approves draft bill to allow construction in the City of David/Silwan

On the 4th July the Knesset Interior and Environment Committee passed a proposal for a bill promoted by the Elad Foundation which would enable construction within the City of David...

Change in National Parks Law to Harm Natural and Heritage Sites, Play into Hands of Silwan Settlers, and Perpetuate Harm to Palestinians

Essence of the amendment: On Wednesday, July 4, the Knesset Interior Committee will discuss a proposal to amend the National Parks, Nature Reserves, National Sites and Memorial Sites Law. [1]...

The Subjugation clause through the back door? Or: how Ayelet Shaked protects Elad from the High Court

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked issued an order to the courts for administrative matters, according to which legal petitions against the Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) will no longer be heard...

National parks in Israel and the West Bank – On which Side is the Grass Greener?

Please press here to download On which side is the Grass Greener as PDF Introduction There are 346 national parks and nature reserves in Israel, constituting approximately 25% of the country’s...

Achievement for residents of Nabi Samuel: Tourism development plan is cancelled

The Civil Administration’s subcommittee for objections in the planning council for the West Bank has decided to reject the development plan for the Nabi Samuel antiquities site. The plan which...

The Cable Car to Jerusalem’s Old City: Who Gains and Who Loses?

Please press here to download  position paper cable car to old city as PDF Background On Wednesday, December 13, the National Infrastructure Committee met for a public presentation of the Old City...

Update – Changes to the Nature and Parks Law

or: what happens when the Elad Foundation is determined to build in Silwan   Amendment to the Law: On Wednesday, January 10 the Internal Affairs Committee discussed an amendment to...

Appropriating the Past: Israel’s Archaeological Practices in the West Bank

Introduction Download the full report Appropriating the Past as PDF The West Bank is an area rich in antiquities – a reminder of the long and varied history of the region. Israel...