Israel is confiscating more portions of Palestinian land east of East Jerusalem
On 24th of September 2007, the Israeli military issued an order to confiscate
more than 1,100 dunums of Palestinian land in the Jerusalem Governorate for the
construction of a new road.
The road reinforces and facilitates Israel’s colony expansion east of East
Jerusalem; particularly the road isolates Palestinian East Jerusalem from the
rest of the West Bank. It will serve to eventually push Palestinian traffic
further to the east and away from East Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, Israel continues to construct a separate highway network to link
Israeli colonies on both sides of the Wall with each other and with Israel. Such
transportation networks serve to facilitate colony expansion throughout the
Israeli-occupied West Bank while limiting any future Palestinian development.
This Israeli move is destructive to all the efforts led by the international
community to revive the peace process and to realize the two-state solution by
having a viable contiguous Palestinian state.
Such unilateral Israeli measures
demonstrate yet again Israeli intentions to consolidate and expand Jewish
colonies in East Jerusalem, and effectively take Jerusalem off the negotiating
table. This construction is on-going in Jerusalem’s east, despite repeated
assurances from the Israeli government to the United States that it would not
construct there. These colony activities in and around East Jerusalem, mean that
time for ‘two-state solution’ may soon run out.
The Metropolitan East Jerusalem area, which extends from Ramallah in the north
to Bethlehem in the south, historically accounted for
35% of the Palestinian economy in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip combined. By
fragmenting that metropolitan unit and separating East Jerusalem from the rest
of the West Bank, the Jerusalem-area Wall and colonies mean that there will be
no viable Palestinian state, and hence no viable two-state solution.
Illegal Israeli colonies in East
Jerusalem (in blue)