WEST BANK (Dispatches) – Palestinians express dismay as the Zionist regime advances a highly-controversial plan to link the western part of the occupied city of al-Quds to its eastern part, which they want as the capital of their future state.
The transportation system is slated for inauguration in 2021 and is planned to shuttle some 3,000 people per hour from a former railway station in western al-Quds to the eastern Old City in al-Quds.
"The Israeli cable car project is an obscene violation of the cultural, historical, spiritual, geographic & demographic character of al-Quds," al-Quds Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), tweeted.
Besides peeking right into the part of the city, which is endeared by the Palestinians due to its housing the al-Aqsa Mosques compound -- Islam's holiest site --, the cable car would be passing by major Palestinian parts in the city, thus ignoring a good part of its demography. The $63-milloin plan, however, moved forward this week when a special committee headed by the Zionist regime’s finance minister gave it the green light.
"The foundations of the project will be built on our land," said Khaled al-Zeer, a Palestinian from Silwan, neighborhood in East al-Quds, AFP reported. "(It) will give the impression that it is a Jewish city and remove the Palestinian heritage from it," he added.
Yotanan Mizrachi, an Israeli archaeologist opposing the plan, called it a "political project" that will cause "irreversible damage to the historic city." "(It is) going to influence the way we see and understand the archaeology and the antiquity” of the city, he noted.
The Zionist regime captured the Palestinian territory of the West Bank in a war in 1967, and then annexed East al-Quds. Ever since, Tel Aviv has continued to expand its illegal settlements and other projects in the area.
Tel Aviv’s attempts at manipulating the cultural and demographic configuration of the Palestinian territories comes while the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) approved a resolution in May 2015 that described the regime as an "occupying power” and rejected its sovereignty claims over all of al-Quds.
Palestinians are irked by the Zionist regime’s plan to link the western part of the occupied city of al-Quds to its eastern part, which they want as the capital of their future state.