The Supreme Court calls on the Israeli government to clarify the establishment of the project in Jerusalem
February 23, 2021

On Tuesday evening, the Israeli Supreme Court demanded that the Israeli government, "the one responsible for the cable car project," clarify the justifications for the project in the vicinity of the Old City of Jerusalem.

The Supreme Court gave the government until the 22ndof April, in order to provide clarifications on the "cable car" project.

Lawyer Sami Arshid explained to Wadi Hilweh Information Center- Jerusalem that the Supreme Court’s decision came after a session held in the middle of last year to consider the petition against the approval of the government and the Regional Committee for Planning and Construction, and the Nature and Development Authority of Jerusalem for the cable car project.

Lawyer Arshid added that the Israeli court’s decision obliges the government to respond to the petitions submitted, and to convince the court about the reason for “not canceling the project, and the authority of the “National Committee for Infrastructure” to consider the scheme and not the regular planning committees.

The lawyer explained to the center that the court, after the deadline granted to the government, will continue to hear petitions against the cable car project, and accordingly it will decide to cancel or continue the scheme.

Lawyer Arshid explained that during the session held in the middle of last year, he confirmed through petitions that he submitted on behalf of the people of Silwan and the merchants of the Old City, that the project is not considered a tourism project and does not serve the people of Silwan and Old Jerusalem, but rather it is to serve the settlement presence in the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood, and to facilitate movement and access to the centers of the Elad Association. He also stressed in the session that the project harms the Old City, its history, and the general view in the area, as well as the project will lead to the confiscation of land owned by the people and the demolition of houses, as well as the privacy of residents as the cabins will pass over their homes.

Lawyer Arshid added to Wadi Hilweh Information Center that the "cable car” project was derived from the "special structural project surrounding the Old City of Jerusalem," which the Israeli authorities began working on about ten years ago. And two years ago, the "Jerusalem Development Authority" launched and announced the cable car project in the vicinity of the Old City, in partnership with the Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministries of Transportation and Tourism, as the Israeli authorities consider this project to be among the "national projects for transportation and transporting tourists to the Old City."

In 2019, the Israeli Infrastructure Committee approved the cable car scheme in Jerusalem, which connects the Mount of Olives to Al-Buraq Square, and the plan includes several stations, while objections were lodged against the station from Al-Thori neighborhood, through the Nabi Daoud area, to Wadi Hilweh, specifically the "Kedem settlement project."