Occupation authorities are planning to establish a "tourist bridge for pedestrians" in the village of Silwan
Joint crews of the occupation municipality, Antiquities Authority and Nature and Parks authority accompanied by members of the Israeli occupation forces stormed the neighborhood of Wadi Al-Rababeh in Silwan on Monday and carried out excavations in several areas of the neighborhood in preparation for a "pedestrian bridge".
Wadi Hilweh Information Center explained that the Israeli municipality is planning to build a bridge between Al-Thori neighborhood and Nabi Daoud area through Wadi Al-Rababeh neighborhood under the supervision of the so-called "Jerusalem Development Authority".
The center added that the crews of the municipality carried out excavations at several points in the Wadi al-Rababeh neighborhood to inspect the soil and to attempt to establish and install foundations for the intended bridge. The owners of the lands and the residents of Silwan prevented them from completing the drilling operations and the crew moved to dig inside the settlement.
The center pointed out that huge quantities of concrete were placed in the lands of Wadi Al-Rababeh in preparation for the construction of the bridge but the locals’ intervention prevented them. The center noted that the length of the planned bridge is 197 meters and 30 meters high.
Settlers were accompanied by municipal staff in Wadi Al-Rababeh neighborhood to supervise the excavation works. They were accompanied by a religious settler under the pretext of "making sure there are no old graves in the targeted area”.
The land owners confirmed to the Information Center that they were surprised today by storming their land and the digging operations to implement a new settlement project without informing them in advance so that they can file objections to the competent authorities to prevent its implementation.
The residents added that the occupation authorities are preventing the residents of Wadi Al-Rababeh from using their lands or carrying out any restoration or planting work and only allowing them to harvest olive trees. The new plan means confiscating the lands in favor of settlement projects.