World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Israel using tourism to Control Jeru

Ir Amin: Israel using tourism to tighten control of Jerusalem

The Israeli government has been accused of secretly developing parks and tourist attractions in East Jerusalem in an attempt to extend its control of the city.

Under an eight-year plan, a series of nine national parks and tourist trains based on historical sites will be established, most will be under the control of settler groups working with the government.

But Ir Amin, a group working for a shared Jerusalem, has claimed the plan aims to link up areas surrounding the old city to strengthen Israel's claim to Jerusalem as its capital city, according to reports in the Guardian..

The claims come ahead of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, who arrives in Jerusalem tomorrow for a week-long pilgrimage.

Daniel Seidemann, an Israeli lawyer and founder of Ir Amin, told the paper that the sites would link Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The parks would be built on public and private land and would be fenced in, he said.

"This act will limit the possibility of territorial compromise in Jerusalem to its northern and southern parts only, outside of areas surrounding the Old City.

"This policy fans the flames of the conflict and threatens to change it from a national conflict that can be controlled and solved, into a pointless regional confrontation."

Israel claims Jerusalem as its capital.

Daniel Seidemann, an Israeli lawyer and founder of Ir Amin, told the paper that the sites would link Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The parks would be built on public and private land and would be fenced in, he said.

"This act will limit the possibility of territorial compromise in Jerusalem to its northern and southern parts only, outside of areas surrounding the Old City.

"This policy fans the flames of the conflict and threatens to change it from a national conflict that can be controlled and solved, into a pointless regional confrontation."

Jerusalem is claimed as a capital by both Israelis and Palestinians.

Palestinians, who live in the east, make up a third of the city's population.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 



UN: Conflict, COVID, Climate Crisis, Likely To Fuel Acute Food Insecurity In 23 ‘Hunger Hotspots’

Life-saving aid to families on the brink of famine is being cut off in several countries by fighting and blockades, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) said in a new report issued on Friday... More>>


Oxfam: Vaccine Monopolies Make Cost Of Vaccinating The World Against Covid At Least Five Times More Expensive Than It Could Be

The cost of vaccinating the world against COVID-19 could be at least five times cheaper if pharmaceutical companies weren’t profiteering from their monopolies on COVID-19 vaccines, campaigners from the People’s Vaccine Alliance said today...
More>>

Afghanistan: Record Number Of Women And Children Killed Or Wounded

More women and children were killed and wounded in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 than in the first six months of any year since records began in 2009, a United Nations report revealed on Monday... More>>


Focus On: UN SDGs



Food Systems: More Than 100 Countries Discuss Visions For Futures To Accelerate Global Action Ahead Of September Summit

More than 100 countries came together over the course of three-days to discuss how they will transform their national food systems to drive progress against the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030... More>>


Food Systems: Italian & Rwandan Leaders Join Urgent Call To Transform World’s Food Systems As Pre-Summit Begins

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame stress need for more inclusive, sustainable and holistic approaches ahead of the Summit in New York in September... More>>


UN: Play:Fair For People And Planet – A Major United Nations Music Activation
organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign in partnership with Music Innovation Hub, Keychange, the city of Milan, the Milan Triennale, and partners from the SDG Music Network, will be held at an unexpected location in the center of Milan, Italy, taking into account safety measures with a limited on-site audience consisting of activists and fans... More>>