Latest Developments

 

03/06/2016 Back To List
East Jerusalem: Emerging Patterns

Building legally (i.e., with the required building permits issued by Israeli authorities) is virtually non-existent as an option for Palestinians living in East Jerusalem. The numbers tell the story:

 

  • ·         In 1967, there were 69,000 Palestinian residents in East Jerusalem, living in 12,600 housing units.
  • ·         In 2016, there are more than 320,000 Palestinian inhabitants in East Jerusalem, living in 55,000 housing units.
  • ·         Since 1967, the Jerusalem municipality issued only about 4,000 construction permits, which, roughly estimated, covers about 10,000 housing units.
  • ·         This means that more than 38,000 out of the 55,000 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem were built illegally – and that more than 50% of the Palestinian population of East Jerusalem lives under constant threat of seeing their lives/homes destroyed with little notice and less resource (to better understand the issue, see our Layman's Guide to Jerusalem Home Demolitions). Many homes have pending demolition orders for years; other Palestinians simply live with the risk that such an order will be delivered and eventually executed. 

Within this context, we have identified emerging patterns in the way the Israeli government has intensified home demolitions in East Jerusalem. These patterns fall broadly into two categories: punitive demolitions and agenda-driven demolitions. 

  • Punitive demolitions involve the destruction of the homes belonging to the families of Palestinians who have engaged in terrorism against Israelis, as a form of collective punishment aimed at “deterring” others from undertaking such acts. Punitive demolitions also include destruction of homes and in areas perceived as particularly hostile to Israel (like in Issawiya, following clashes and rock throwing), as a form of collective punishment aimed at teaching the inhabitants of the area the lesson that their resistance to occupation carries a high cost.  
  • Agenda-driven demolitions involve the destruction of Palestinian homes that, due to their location, stand in the way of settlers’ plans and ambitions, and due to lack of permits or construction violations, are vulnerable to demolition orders at any time. 

Punitive demolitions often grab headlines – both for the controversial nature of collective punishment itself, and for the evident double-standard of justice imposed by Israel, which in no case demolishes the homes of Israelis who have committed acts of terror. And the number of punitive demolitions has significantly increased with the wave of terror attacks and popular uprising witnessed in Jerusalem since last year

 

At the same time, it is equally if not more important to pay attention to agenda-driven demolitions – whose scope and intensity disclose a great deal about the intentions and concrete plans of the settlers and their allies in the government, as they seek to increase the settlers’ hold in the targeted areas in order to prevent any two-state solution and guarantee, instead, that these areas are a permanent part of Israel. Following the same logic, these targeted areas are often those in which evictions or expropriations of Palestinian homes and lands have become a routine, to allow government-backed settlers to move in.

 

Specifically, we have seen the following developments in the last months:   

Methodical destruction of Bedouin homes in E-1. On an almost monthly basis, the government of Israel has been destroying structures in Bedouin communities located in and adjacent to East Jerusalem, in the area connecting Maale Adumim to E-1. Based on the figures published by OCHA, since January, approximately 38 structures were demolished in that area. Does this mean that the government is laying the ground for construction in E-1? As we reported in December 2015, the Ministry of Housing is in the process of updating/expanding pending plans for initial construction in E-1. While this process does not necessarily mean that a decision to proceed with E-1 construction has been made, the forcible displacement of Bedouins from E-1 is a worrying sign that the government of Israel is going ahead with preparing the area for that next step. For more, see:  OCHA (18 May 2016): Humanitarian Coordinator calls on Israeli authorities to stop destruction of humanitarian aid and respect international law; OCHA (8 April 2016): OCHA Flash Update - Multiple demolitions across Area C in the West Bank with 124 people displaced; OCHA (19 January 2016): UN officials call for an immediate revocation of plans to transfer Palestinian Bedouin in the Jerusalem area.


Demolition orders in Silwan (Bustan), settlement approvals in Silwan (Batan al Hawa) . In April 2016, Israel issued 30 stop work and demolition orders in the Silwan’s neighborhood of Al Bustan – where the Municipality of Jerusalem has plans to build a tourism complex. Two additional demolition notices were delivered at the end of May.

 

Demolition orders in Al-Walaje. Al-Walaje is a Palestinian village located on Jerusalem’s southern boundary – as in, Jerusalem’s municipal border goes through the middle of the village (for excellent background on the village, see this Btselem report). Notably, the entire village is on the Palestinian side of the Israel’s separation barrier. Also notably, Israel views a huge amount of the construction in the village as illegal (because of the village’s unique circumstances/location, approval of planning for construction and permits has been virtually impossible for decades – for more, see here). Since the beginning of 2016, Israel has started to issue demolition orders in the village; in April, three homes there were demolished. These demolitions could be punitive, since residents have been engaged in active efforts to oppose the disconnection of Al-Walaje from its agricultural lands and water resources and confiscation of lands located in the Cremisan valley, as a result of the construction of the fence.  However, given the broad consensus across Israeli political spectrum that areas located beyond the fence in Jerusalem will not be part of Israel, it is still difficult to make sense of the demolitions in Al-Walaje, which are taking place following a period of relative lax enforcement by Israel against illegal construction in the village. Thus, these demolitions should be monitored closely, as they appear to signal a shift of policy whose objectives are not fully clear. For more, see: +972: Jerusalem demolishes Palestinian homes beyond the wall for first time; Haaretz: Palestinian Villagers Tilled Their Land So Well, Israel Is Now Confiscating It From Them

 

Takeover in the Old City/Muslim Quarter: On May 9, a group of settlers took over a six-unit apartment building in the Al-Sadia neighborhood of the Old City’s Muslim Quarter (between Damascus Gate and Herod’s Gate). This area is reportedly a new focus of the settlement organization Ateret Cohanim. Read more here.

Settler-related Developments in Sheikh Jarrah: In Sheikh Jarrah, construction is ongoing of the new offices for Amana – the company behind many of the settlements and outposts established across the West Bank. A report last month by Peace Now (and subsequently covered in detail in Haaretz) laid out in detail the murky and legally dubious manner in which the land for the new Amana HQ was expropriated from its Palestinian owners and handed over to the settler group. The sordid tale offers powerful insights into the way business is conducted in East Jerusalem – i.e., that successive Israeli governments have routinely and systematically both looked the other way and acted in violation of the law in order to further the interests of the settlers, and that, when caught, Israeli courts have failed to provide a fair legal remedy. In addition, On 5/17, a Jerusalem court ruled in favor of a Jewish right of return to properties in Shiekh Jarrah. The court ruled that Palestinian residents of three East Jerusalem properties must vacate the premises, based on the fact that the properties were owned by Jews before 1948. Also see this report from Maan (Palestinian news outlet).

 

 

5/6/2017 Trump Signs Waiver, Postponing Embassy Move

 


5/6/2017 Trump Visit & Jerusalem Day: Before, During, & After

 


5/6/2017 Cabinet Approves Projects for Old City, Historic Basin, & East Jerusalem (Inside the Barrier)

 


5/6/2017 Jordan's Growing Discontent with Israeli Provocations Over the Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif

 


5/6/2017 Danny Seidemann in Haaretz: Trump Exposed the Fantasy of Netanyahu's 'Undivided Jerusalem'

 


5/5/2017 URGENT/BREAKING NEWS: Imminent Tenders for Givat Hamatos

 


5/5/2017 Imminent Announcements: Atarot & Ramat Shlomo

 


5/5/2017 New Settler “Visitors’ Center” in Ras El Amud

 


5/5/2017 The New UNESCO Resolution & Jerusalem

 


28/3/2017 Working Toward a New US-Israel Understanding on Settlements

 


28/3/2017 Tensions Growing [again] Focused on Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif

 


28/3/2017 Palestinian Residency Rights: Important Court Ruling

 


24/2/2017 Limiting Settlement Construction to the "Blocs" - Implications for Jerusalem

 


24/2/2017 To Move, or Not to Move (the Embassy), That is the Question

 


24/2/2017 Paving the way for annexation?

 


24/2/2017 Work Starting on Eastern Ring Road?

 


24/1/2017 East Jerusalem Settlement Activity & the Onset of the Trump Era: What to Watch

 


5/1/2017 Moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem: A Hard Look at the Arguments & Implications

 


14/12/2016 Update on Israeli Govt-Proposed Law to Muzzle Muslim Call to Prayer

 


14/12/2016 Rumors & Lobbying Around Possible US Embassy Relocation to Jerusalem

 


14/12/2016 Netanyahu Rejects Police Recommendations to Tweak Temple Mt Status Quo

 


14/12/2016 Batan al-Hawa - New B'tselem Report on Settler Activities

 


14/12/2016 Final Approval of Gilo Expansion - 770 New Units (Mordot Gilo South)

 


30/11/2016 Insights/analysis on UNESCO resolutions on the Old City & its Walls

 


30/11/2016 Re: Reported Demolitions at Jerusalem's Bab Al-Rahma Cemetery

 


30/11/2016 Plan to Connect Tel Aviv to the Western Wall

 


30/11/2016 2016 Jewish High Holidays: Record number of Jewish visitors on Temple Mount/Haram El Sharif

 


28/11/2016 The American Role: Interregnum & Post-January 20, 2016

 


28/11/2016 Ban on Mosque Morning Call to Prayer

 


28/11/2016 Turning Jeruasalem Palestinians into “Human Shields” Against Outpost Evacuations

 


28/11/2016 Announcement of Construction Plan in Mordot Gilo

 


28/11/2016 OCHA report: 180 Palestinian households at risks of eviction in East Jerusalem

 


28/11/2016 Approval of 500 units in Ramat Shlomo

 


28/11/2016 State Comptroller’s Report on Elad

 


30/9/2016 On the Eve of the New Year – A Different & Dangerous Jerusalem

 


15/8/2016 Government Actively Advancing E-2

 


15/8/2016 Back in the Headlines: Plans for 2500 Units South of Gilo

 


15/8/2016 Tisha B'Av Incitement Re: The Temple Mount

 


15/8/2016 Deepening the Occupation in East Jerusalem

 


5/8/2016 Settlement Announcements - July 2016

 


5/8/2016 The Uptick in East Jerusalem Demolitions

 


5/8/2016 Israeli Govt: "The Mt of Olives will be Reinforced as a Visitors' Site"

 


5/8/2016 Ma'ale Adumim Annexation bill

 


8/7/2016 Full Analysis of the Latest East Jerusalem Announcements/Approvals

 


28/6/2016 A new settlement enclave in Silwan – Batan al Hawa

 


28/6/2016 ?The end of quiet on the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif

 


28/6/2016 The Wrong Way to Divide Jerusalem

 


3/6/2016 Proposed Annexation of Maale Adumim

 


3/6/2016 East Jerusalem: Emerging Patterns

 


2/6/2016 Keeping a Close Eye on the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif

 


22/1/2016 Church Attacked (Again) in Jerusalem

 


22/1/2016 Herzog proposes De-Annexing Some Parts of East Jerusalem

 


30/12/2015 Revealed in Newly-Released Documents: Massive Planning Advancing for Settlements

 


29/12/2015 Understanding "Status Quo" on the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif

 


9/11/2015 What's Been Going On in Jerusalem? Danny Seidemann Analysis

 


9/11/2015 What's Going On? Senior IDF Officials Weigh In.

 


9/11/2015 Recent East Jerusalem Settlement Developments

 


9/11/2015 East Jerusalem Security Situation - by the numbers

 


9/11/2015 EJ Security Situation - Plans to Revoke Palestinians' Residency?

 


9/11/2015 EJ Security Situation - Security Measures on the Ground

 


9/11/2015 EJ Security Situation - Home Demolitions

 


22/9/2015 Jerusalem & the Temple Mount: A New Dangerous Escalation

 


13/8/2015 Imminent New Settlement Enclave in Silwan

 


13/8/2015 E. Jerusalem (partial) Settlement Freeze May Soon Defrost

 


13/8/2015 Troubling Developments on the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif

 


22/5/2015 What We Can Learn from Jerusalem Day 2015

 


22/5/2015 Latest Settlement Tenders in East Jerusalem - Ramat Shlomo & Givat Zeev

 


22/5/2015 ?E-1 Looming

 


22/5/2015 East Jerusalem Simmers

 


29/4/2015 New & Recycled East Jerusalem Settlement Tenders

 


29/4/2015 High Court Rules on Absentee Property Law in Jerusalem

 


29/4/2015 Good News: IDF Colleges NOT Moving to Mount of Olives; Holy Basin Cable Car Plan Stalled

 


29/4/2015 Approval (but only sort of) of New Palestinian Construction in East Jerusalem

 


29/4/2015 Some Palestinian Cars Allowed in East Jerusalem

 


29/4/2015 Palestinian Security Forces (not really) allowed in East Jerusalem

 


14/1/2015 East Jerusalem at the Beginning of 2015: Things to Watch

 


3/11/2014 Attempted Assassination Raises the Stakes at the Temple Mount

 


3/11/2014 Reasons Behind Escalating Temple Mount Crisis

 


3/11/2014 Bibi's New Settlement Initiative - Ramat Shlomo & Har Homa

 


3/11/2014 More Settler Takeovers in Another Part of Silwan

 


2/10/2014 Netanyahu Cannot Evade Responsibility for Givat Hamatos Approval & Silwan Takeovers

 


1/10/2014 Breaking & Urgent News: Givat Hamatos Approved

 


30/9/2014 Major Development: In Overnight Operation, Settlers Take Over Multiple Buildings in Silwan

 


18/9/2014 Specter of E-1 Raised by Plan to Relocate Bedouin

 


18/9/2014 Looming Crisis in East Jerusalem - Givat Hamatos

 


17/9/2014 East Jerusalem Clashes Continue

 


9/9/2014 East Jerusalem Aflame

 


4/9/2014 The Real Story about those new units "approved" for Palestinians in East Jerusalem

 


26/8/2014 Gilo Tenders Awarded, but (for now) EJ Settlement Freeze Continues

 


19/5/2014 Jerusalem Settlements - The (Proximate, Contributing) Cause of the Collapse

 


19/5/2014 Post-Collapse - De Facto Freeze in East Jerusalem, But the Lull Won’t Last

 


19/5/2014 Are We Sliding Toward Religious War? A Brief Survey of Key Jerusalem Developments/Trends

 


5/3/2014 Framework Language and Jerusalem: Gimmicks Are NOT the Answer

 


5/3/2014 New Israeli Yeshiva Approved...in Downtown Sheikh Jarrah

 


5/3/2014 Playing with Fire, Part 2: Elad Set to Gain Control of Area Adjacent to the Temple Mt/Haram al Sharif

 


5/3/2014 Playing with Fire, Part 1: Debating the Status Quo on the Temple Mount

 


3/3/2014 Demolition orders in E-1

 


9/1/2014 New Seidemann Op-Ed in the Guardian: The myth of an undivided Jerusalem is collapsing under its own weight

 


12/12/2013 Danny Seidemann Injured by Stone-Thrower - Condition Update & Comment

 


12/12/2013 East Jerusalem Settlements since the Resumption of Talks: the Facts & their Implications

 


12/12/2013 The [Apparent] Re-Emergence of the “Greater Jerusalem” Gimmick

 


12/12/2013 Post-Script: Those Planning Tenders for 24,000 New Settlement Units

 


27/8/2013 Ramat Shlomo Back in the Headlines

 


27/8/2013 Funding Approved for Settler-Run Projects in Silwan and Jebel Mukabber

 


27/8/2013 Three Palestinians Killed by Israeli Forces in Qalandia RC

 


27/8/2013 ?Uptick in East Jerusalem Home Demolitions

 


19/8/2013 Pyromaniacs Target the Temple Mount

 


19/8/2013 Jerusalem Residency Concerns Resurface

 


19/8/2013 New Pro-Settlement Guidelines on Absentee Property Law

 


19/8/2013 A U.S. Court Rules on Jerusalem

 


16/8/2013 Timeline/details of Recent Jerusalem-Related Settlement Developments

 


16/8/2013 Bibi, Settlements & Peace Talks -- Analysis

 


13/6/2013 The A-Zayyem/Mount of Olives Interchange, Plan 14049

 


13/6/2013 Tenders Awarded for Ramot Expansion, Additional Tenders for Mordot Gilo

 


13/6/2013 Everything You Need to Know About Jerusalem & the Absentee Property Law

 


7/5/2013 The IDF Colleges on the Mt. of Olives Off the Agenda, Again

 


7/5/2013 Plans Published for Old City Cable Car

 


7/5/2013 Sharansky Plan Hits a Wall, no pun intended

 


7/5/2013 The Wall/Barrier vs. Cremisan & Beit Jala

 


5/5/2013 Spatial Shaping in J'lem Continues with Opening of Route 20

 


24/4/2013 Concerns about Proposed “Solution” to Women’s Prayer Issue at the Western Wall

 


22/4/2013 The Politics of Waste Treatment in East Jerusalem

 


15/4/2013 Fifty New Units in East Talpiot

 


14/1/2013 E-1/Bab ash-Shams: What Happened, What it Means, What Next

 


28/12/2012 Mordot Gilo South - APPROVED

 


19/12/2012 Givat Hamatos APPROVED - What it Means

 


17/12/2012 Breaking News - Approvals this week - Ramat Shlomo & Givat Hamatos

 


5/12/2012 The E-1 Crisis...This Is Not a Drill

 


6/11/2012 More than 1200 New Tenders Issued for Pisgat Ze'ev and Ramot

 


31/10/2012 New Construction Approved in Har Homa

 


30/10/2012 New East Jerusalem Settlement Construction Approved - East Talpiot units for Israeli Security Personnel

 


24/10/2012 Mordot Gilo Construction Approved

 


24/10/2012 Plans for IDF Colleges on Mt. of Olives Deposited for Public Review & Explanation of Location

 


24/10/2012 Taking the Garbage to East Jerusalem

 


24/10/2012 Is the Palestinian Population of East Jerusalem Becoming More Israeli -- No

 


24/10/2012 Pisgat Zeev in the News

 


18/10/2012 Crisis Brewing on the Temple Mount

 


17/9/2012 Jerusalem, Netanyahu and the two-state solution

 


16/9/2012 Issue to watch: East Jerusalem Home Demolitions

 


16/9/2012 Attacks on Palestinians in Jerusalem – Sign of the “Hebronization” of the City

 


16/9/2012 Jerusalem in the Headlines: Ras al-Amud, Temple Mount, the Barrier, Elad, & Har Homa

 


15/9/2012 Jerusalem: Political Football in U.S. Presidential Race

 


14/9/2012 In Memorium: Our Friend, Chris Stevens

 


2/7/2012 New Tenders Published for East Jerusalem Settlement Construction

 


2/7/2012 Plans for New IDF War College on the Mt. of Olives Approved for Public Review

 


11/6/2012 Settlement Surge Continues on Jerusalem's Southern Flank

 


8/5/2012 Arab VIPs Start Coming to Jerusalem

 


7/5/2012 Givat Hamatos – Nearing the Point-of-No-Return

 


7/5/2012 IDF College on the Mt. of Olives – Moving Forward

 


7/5/2012 Kidmat Tzion – Municipal Approval Anticipated Soon

 


7/5/2012 Mughrabi Ramp – Some Good News

 


6/5/2012 Beit Hanina Settlement Effort Continues

 


10/4/2012 Late Winter Freeze in East Jerusalem turns to Spring Thaw

 


8/4/2012 Kidmat Tziyon Settlement Scheme to be Expedited

 


8/4/2012 New East Jerusalem “Park” Soon to get Final Approval

 


8/4/2012 New Settlement in Beit Hanina?

 


8/4/2012 Israeli High Court Rejects Shepherd’s Hotel Appeal

 


14/3/2012 Will Arab & Muslim Leaders Start Coming to Jerusalem?


 


14/3/2012 A Major East Jerusalem Settlement Plan Comes Back to Life

 


14/3/2012 Spotlight on Jewish Access to the Temple Mount

 


14/3/2012 Volatility in Silwan: Mini-Intifada Continues, Cave-Ins, and New Settler Plans

 


9/1/2012 The Ongoing Settlement Surge in East Jerusalem

 


9/1/2012 The Mughrabi Gate Saga - Update

 


10/12/2011 Barkat Tries to Force Mughrabi Ramp Demolition

 


9/12/2011 Approval of Mount Scopus "Park" Proceeds

 


13/10/2011 Approval for New Israeli Settlement at Givat Hamatos Proceeds

 


12/10/2011 New Pisgat Ze'ev Building Permits

 


28/9/2011 New Settlement Approval issued for Gilo - Plan 13261

 


11/8/2011 More Jerusalem Settlement Approvals: Ramat Shlomo, Pisgat Zeev, Givat Hamatos

 


10/8/2011 Yet Another Har Homa Plan Approved (No. 12825) - Public Buildings, 50 Units

 


5/8/2011 Har Homa C Plan 10310 (app. 983 units) Approved

 


9/7/2011 Jerusalem Municipal "Approval" of Mordot Gilo Plan

 


9/7/2011 Meretz Rejoins Municipal Coalition - Separate Portfolios for EJ Settlers and Palestinians

 


20/6/2011 The Ramat Shlomo House Extension Plans

 


10/6/2011 Committee for Acceleration of (EJ) Construction to Convene on June 14

 


24/5/2011 Netanyahu Approves East Jerusalem Construction Hours Before Obama Address

 


24/5/2011 Barkat Trying to Force Netanyahu's Hand on Mughrabi Ramp

 


12/5/2011 The Non-Existent Court Decision on Bustan Demolitions

 


10/5/2011 New East Jerusalem Settlements Update

 


9/5/2011 US Supreme Court to Hear Jerusalem Status Case

 


21/4/2011 Is There a De Facto Settlement Freeze in East Jerusalem? The Facts

 


18/4/2011 April Surge in East Jerusalem Construction Plans

 


18/4/2011 Mount Scopus Slopes Park Approved for Public Review

 


16/3/2011 Permit Issued for 14 Units at Ras el Amud Police Station

 


16/3/2011 Permit Issued for Mughrabi Ramp

 

29/7/2013 A Layman's Guide to Jerusalem House Demolitions
Daniel Seidemann

 


29/7/2013 A Laymen's Guide to the Planning Process in Jerusalem.pdf
Daniel Seidmann

 


20/3/2013 "Spatial Shaping", the Ross Agenda and a Partial Settlement Freeze
Daniel Seidmann

 


10/3/2013 Spatial Shaping - Unilaterally Determining Israel’s Base-Line Border
Daniel Seidmann

 


10/9/2012 NOREF Policy Brief August 2012 | By Daniel Seidemann
Daniel Seidemann

 


30/1/2012 East Jerusalem and the Imminent Demise of the Two-State Solution
Daniel Seidemann

 


7/11/2011 East Jerusalem Developments and Trends: 2006-2011
Daniel Seidemann

 


31/10/2011 The TJ Guide to the Planning and Construction Process in East Jerusalem - Oct. 2011
Daniel Seidemann

 


15/10/2011 Givat Hamatos/Mordot Gilo: New Settlement Schemes on Jerusalem's Southern Flank
Daniel Seidemann

 


12/8/2011 U.S. (non)-Recognition of Sovereignty in Jerusalem: A Consistent Policy, 1948 - 2011
Lara Friedman

 


1/8/2011 Hanging On By Our Fingernails
Daniel Seidemann

 


22/2/2011 Jerusalem Challenges the API
Daniel Seidemann

 


21/2/2011 East Jerusalem settlers and Israel's never-ending War of Independence
Daniel Seidemann

 


20/2/2011 The Two Jerusalems
D. Seidemann D.Rothem

 


19/2/2011 Jerusalem on the Brink
Daniel Seidemann

 


19/2/2011 A barely tolerated minority
Daniel Seidemann

 


17/2/2011 Redeeming Jerusalem by truth, not hollow slogans
Daniel Seidemann

 


16/2/2011 Jerusalem, settlements, and the "everybody knows" fallacy
Lara Friedman - Daniel Seidemann

 


15/2/2011 Blogposts
Lara Friedman
 
 
http://www.sayarch.com/