Israel allocates $8b for transport network to push Judaization of Jerusalem

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AMMAN — Israel has announced a new $8 billion project, led by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, to further the process of Judaization in Jerusalem. This initiative comes amidst a surge in the Israeli government's approval of settlement projects aimed at dividing and surrounding the eastern part of the city with a network of roads and public transportation.اضافة اعلان

The project, set to be completed by 2028, will establish a comprehensive transportation and railway network connecting the eastern and western parts of Jerusalem. However, its purpose is not to unite the city with Palestinians, but rather to create a fragmented landscape, turning the eastern part into isolated neighborhoods surrounded by interconnected settlements, according to AmmanNet.

With the recent approval of thousands of new settlement units in eastern Jerusalem, the occupation authorities aim to bolster the presence of Jewish settlers while marginalizing the city's Palestinian inhabitants.

This strategy serves the overarching goal of Judaizing Jerusalem, separating it from its Palestinian surroundings, and linking it with Israel.

Preventing Palestinian return
Fakhri Abu Diab, an expert on Jerusalem, emphasizes that the Israeli occupation intends to use the project to alter the city's character and ensure its Judaization.

By erasing the "Green Line" that divides the lands occupied in 1948 and 1967, the occupation seeks to create a single city, making it challenging to restore Palestinian control in the future, he added.

Additionally, the project aims to expedite the movement of police forces and settlers from the western part of the city to the east, with some trains conveniently situated near significant landmarks such as the Damascus Gate, the Old City, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Abu Diab further explains that the proposed trains will reach various Jerusalemite neighborhoods, causing division and fragmentation while impeding their development and connectivity.

Fragmentation of neighborhoods
The project will also establish underground tunnels connecting settlement outposts located east and west of Jerusalem, facilitating settler access to the city and ensuring their protection.

This comprehensive plan aligns with previous initiatives and Judaization projects, all aimed at fundamentally transforming the character and identity of Jerusalem to attract extremist elements. As part of a larger scheme known as "Greater Jerusalem," these trains will eventually integrate with existing lines in historic Palestine and extend into the occupied West Bank, serving the settlers and occupation forces. Furthermore, one of the proposed train routes will extend to the Ma'ale Adumim settlement in the east of Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley, creating a transportation network that supports settler movement.

The occupation government's strategy also involves the construction of tunnels and major roads to connect Jerusalem, which will penetrate Palestinian neighborhoods and communities, limiting their expansion. This infrastructure will facilitate settler mobility and grant easier access to settlements located both east and west of the city.

Warning of the consequences, the Jerusalem researcher cautioned that this project will result in the confiscation and seizure of thousands of dunums in East Jerusalem, further depriving Palestinians of their land and perpetuating Jewish dominance in the Holy City.

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