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05/07/2017 Back To List
The Settlement Floodgates Have Been Opened



On July 4th, 2017, the Jerusalem Regional Planning Committee approved of a number of plans that together will allow for the construction of 944 units in the settlement neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev.

Even taken in isolation, the approval of these plans is the largest and most significant approval of new plans since the notorious Ramat Shlomo plans were approved during Vice President Biden’s visit to Israel in March 2010 - and this new approval is by no means an isolated event.

On July 17 and 18, the Regional Planning Committee will approve for public review the construction of an additional 869 units in several large settlement neighborhoods: 270 units in Gilo, 244 in Ramot, 214 in Neve Yaacov, 116 additional units in Pisgat Ze’ev, and 15 units in Har Homa.

No less important, on
July 16, the Regional Planning Committee will approve 3 interrelated plans in the settlement enclaves of Sheikh Jarrah. [Peace Now’s Hagit Ofran has published extremely valuable tables and other data relevant to all of these approvals, here.]

This is not routine, either in scope or impact. Within a period of two weeks Israel will be approving more than 1,800 settlement units - an increase of 3.3% of all of the settlement units built in East Jerusalem since 1967. The approval of the Sheikh Jarrah plans (along with another such scheme that will be approved by the Jerusalem Municipality) is the most significant development in East Jerusalem’s settlement enclaves in many years.

During the past few years, we have reported on a relative lull in the scope and pace of settlement activities in East Jerusalem. That lull is now over, and the settlement floodgates have been opened. By all indications there is more to come.




Late last month, coinciding with the visit to Israel of Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt -- top envoys of U.S. president Donald Trump -- multiple Israeli media outlets published reports indicating that the Jerusalem Local Planning Committee had received a green light from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to approve more than 7000 new settlement units in East Jerusalem. The approvals reportedly included 3,500 new units in Gilo, some 2,200 in Har Homa, 900 in Pisgat Zeev, 500 in Ramat Shlomo, and 100 in Ramot. The source of the news was questionable, and the numbers of settlement units mentioned seemed fantastical. Why fantastical? Both because there were no known plans that would permit for construction on this scale, and because, based on 50 years of Israeli settlement planning policies and practices in East Jerusalem, the capacity for such construction in East Jerusalem settlements simply did not exist.

Subsequently, in recent days, official announcements regarding plans coming before the Regional and Municipal Planning Committees have provided key pieces of the puzzle, and the full picture of what it taking place in East Jerusalem is now discernible. With those pieces now in place, it is clear that what we are seeing today is a wholesale shift in Israeli settlement policies in East Jerusalem, with implications that are far-reaching and devastating. This shift in policies applies in both the large settlement neighborhoods -- like Gilo and Ramat Shlomo, in which most Israeli settlers live today (around 207,000 residents) -- and in the settlement enclaves located inside densely-populated Palestinian neighborhoods, especially those located in the visual basin of the Old City (home to around 2600 settlers).

The implications of this shift in settlement policy are stark, far-reaching, and deeply alarming. Already we are seeing a surge in planning/approvals for major settlement expansion both in the large settlement neighborhoods and in the enclaves -- and barring outside pressure on a scale so serious that Netanyahu cannot ignore it, this surge is likely only the beginning.


Policy Shift Paves Way for Major New Plans in Large Settlements

Planning & Construction, 1967-present: According to policies and practices in place since the early days following the 1967 War, successive Israeli governments have planned and built, non-stop, in all possible areas of East Jerusalem (that is, all areas where the Israeli government could find a means to expropriate the land as State Land, consisting of 33% of East Jerusalem). Over the past 50 years, this non-stop planning and construction succeeded in ringing East Jerusalem with large settlement neighborhoods, as well as to a great extent entwining East Jerusalem Palestinian neighborhoods and settlements like Siamese twins. In addition, 50 years of non-stop planning and construction led to a situation, starting some years ago, where the construction potential in these settlements was exhausted. Yes, a small number of units could still be built on empty lots that existed inside settlements (referred to as “residual units), but aside from the doomsday settlement of Givat Hamatos, there simply was no potential for major construction in East Jerusalem settlement neighborhoods of the kind that had defined East Jerusalem settlement construction since 1967.

A New Approach: The settlement announcements and approvals of recent days disclose something new and deeply disturbing: the Netanyahu government, in its zeal to cement Israeli control in East Jerusalem, has adopted substantially new settlement planning/construction policies, based on problematic modalities that will allow for a significant increase in the Israeli population in East Jerusalem, through means rejected in the past. These new policies are grounded in two major changes in Israeli settlement planning/construction practices in East Jerusalem, both clearly driven not by any objective or rational urban planning considerations but rather by the calculus of national struggle, i.e., moving as many Jewish Israelis into East Jerusalem as possible.Normative planning considerations are being discarded, and the policies are dictated by the sole consideration of increased population figures.

These changes are:

  1. Location of expansion of settlements: The new plans pertain largely (but not exclusively)  to the edges of the open spaces on the slopes encompassing the perimeters of the built up areas of the  settlement neighborhoods, in effect expanding the built-up areas of the settlements into spaces previously reserved as open areas.

  2. Type of new construction: Construction in the large settlement neighborhoods of East Jerusalem has, for 50 years, consisted of buildings generally of a maximum of 4-5 stories. The new plans consist of high-rise apartments, many of 8-11 stories, and some consisting of skyscrapers reaching 18-24 stories. Construction of this type is without precedent in these neighborhoods.

Timing of these plans: Examination of the documents that have now become available reveals that the plans now in play were all quietly initiated - below the radar, with no fanfare and out of the public’s eye - in the summer/fall of 2016, during the waning days of the Obama Administration. They received preliminary approvals to proceed around the time of the Trump Inauguration. It defies credulity to believe that this timing was accidental. We monitor new plans closely, and these took us by surprise - and there are likely more in the pipeline.

Immediate Implications: With these plans, the floodgates have been opened. Thus far, the plans flowing forth are for major construction are as follows (map):

  • On July 4th, the Regional Planning Committee approved for deposit for public review 948 new units Pisgat Zeev, representing in a single approval a nearly 2.5% increase in total units in this settlement. These units, which will be in the form of high-rise buildings, comprise a number of plans: Town Plan 330530 (250 units); Town Plan 330506 (130 units); Town Plan 330498  (210 units); Town Plan 317149 (250 units); and Town Plan 330514 (104 units). These plans are initiated by the Ministry of Construction and Housing. There are located on lands expropriated in 1980.  

  • On July 17 and 18, the Regional Planning Committee will approve 270 units in Gilo (Town Plan 400812 - high-rise buildings), 244 in Ramot (Town Plans 291419 and 483354 - high-rise buildings), 214 in Neve Yaacov (Town Plan 413658 - high-rise buildings), 116 additional unit in Pisgat Ze’ev (Town Plan 464859 - high-rise buildings), and 15 units in Har Homa (Town Plan 430848 - raising the height on existing construction). Most of these units are located in areas that have not been built up, to date.

Broader Implications: This unprecedented surge in the approval of settlement schemes discloses new planning/construction policies in East Jerusalem, with all that such expansion implies politically. Most prominently, every approval is seen by the Palestinians, not unreasonably, as a bad-faith action intended to undermine the very possibility of a two-state solution and a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem;on the ground, expansion on the edges of some of these the settlement neighborhoods further “welds together” Palestinian and Israeli areas, complicating the delineation of future borders that would permit two capitals in the city.

The Distant, and Most Ambitious Schemes: It is so far unknown whether the report published during the Kushner/Greenblatt visit is accurate in all its details, and, indeed, whether this report reflects a genuine intention by the government to move forward with all of the various plans it may entail. Some of the plans that are likely entailed are largely embryonic, legally complicated projects in places like Har Homa, Gilo and Ramat Shlomo, mostly located on private lands within Master Plans that are nowhere near implementation. It may well be that Netanyahu is trying to please the settlers without an intention to actively act beyond this; that is, it is possible that implementation of these plans is so remote that Netanyahu sees no negative implications in letting municipal authorities run with them. But there is a more worrying possibility: that this announcement signals a transformation in the way large-scale settlers activity will now be advanced in East Jerusalem.

Netanyahu’s role: None of this could take place without the knowledge and consent of Netanyahu. The fact that these plans are moving is incontrovertible evidence that the reports that Netanyahu has removed previous restraints on settlement activities in East Jerusalem are all too accurate.


Strategic Shift Yields Major New Plans in Settlement Enclaves in Palestinian Neighborhoods

Recent developments indicate that Netanyahu has opened the settlement floodgate not only in the large settlement neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, but within Palestinian neighborhoods targeted by the settlers, and most notably (so far) in Sheikh Jarrah. It would be impossible to overstate the importance of the plans being advanced in this regard; indeed, the current developments related to Sheikh Jarrah are simply unprecedented for this area, and are comparable - in terms of far-reaching implications and stark ramifications - to the moment when settlers first moved into Silwan in 1991.

There are four plans in play, three of which will be brought on July 16th before the Regional Planning Committee, with the fourth to be brought  before the Municipal Planning Committee on July 16 (after which it too will be deposited by the Regional Planning Committee for public review). Looking at the plans on the map, it is clear that their significance is nothing short of an earthquake.

Why an earthquake? Because the four plans - three of which are large, located on adjacent areas of land, and dovetail with existing settlement construction and plans (including the existing National Insurance Building construction, the Kupat Holim, settler houses in Um Haroun, and more) -- will for the first time create a continuous, Israeli-populated land bridge from West Jerusalem into an existing Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem. Specifically, these plans will establish built-up settler contiguity extending deep inside Sheikh Jarrah, linking West Jerusalem to the existing string of settlement points dotting Sheikh Jarrah (Shimon Hatzaddik, Mufti’s Grove, Shepherd’s Hotel). In this way, the plans represent a major and unprecedented incursion into Sheikh Jarrah. Prior to these plans Sheikh Jarrah remained a Palestinian neighborhood that was home to an isolated settlement enclave. With these plans, it is being turned into something else entirely.This is a decisive step towards geographically integrating Sheikh Jarrah into West Jerusalem; it is a border changer.

When one looks at the details, the ramifications of these plans become even more clear and more alarming.

Town Plans 14151 and 140249

  • These are plans for settlement construction inside the existing built-up area of the Um Haroun section of Sheikh Jarrah, on land currently occupied by two houses with longtime Palestinian residents (in the case of Town Plan 14029, a single property is planned to become a new ten-unit residential complex).

  • The properties in question were transferred to settlers, led by East Jerusalem settler activist Aryeh King, with the active collusion of the Custodian General of Absentee Properties - underscoring the fact that these plans are advancing with the support of the government of Israel.

  • Implementation of these plans will require the eviction of Palestinian residents and the demolition of the affected Palestinian homes (eviction proceedings are pending); indeed, a key pretext for the evictions is the fact that the legal landowners -- the settlers, since the land was transferred to them by the Custodian General -- want to build. As part of any such eviction, the settlers will have to provide the Palestinians with alternative housing elsewhere, but no matter - they will have achieved their goal: the creation of a beachhead connecting Sheikh Jarrah to West Jerusalem.

  • The plans are similar in substance and strategy to what has been happening for years in Silwan, where settlers are engaged in house-to-house combat and working to gradually achieve a wholesale transformation of the neighborhood, in the process actively seeking to squeeze out Palestinian residents and making life for those who remain unbearable.

  • The combination of settlement, displacement, Nakba, and the religious narratives at play in this area is a particularly volatile mix.

Town Plan 499699

  • This is a plan for the construction of a multi-story office building. As of this writing, it is unknown how the ownership of the property ended up in Israeli hands, who is behind the plan, or whether the property is considered State Land or not. Stay tuned for additional reporting, as information becomes available.

  • This plan will be discussed in the Municipal Planning Committee on July 16.


Town Plan 68858  (the Or Sameach Yeshiva)

  • This plan is the largest of the four and the most devastating. It pertains to the construction of the Or Sameach Yeshiva on what was known as the Glassman Complex.This will be a large Jewish religious school built inside an existing, densely-populated Palestinian neighborhood (7 stories above the ground, and six below, four of which will be for parking - map). For background on the plans for this project, see previous reporting from Terrestrial Jerusalem, here.

  • A town plan exists for this project, which is on State Land, and that plan requires that a public institution be built (it does not specify that this institution must be for settlers). This land, however, was given without any tender to the yeshiva.

  • As noted previously in the press and in our previous analysis (dating back to when the plan was originally approved), this new yeshiva will be “geared toward English speakers from the United States and other countries.” In so doing, it represents a clear effort to exploit Torah study to expand and normalize occupation in East Jerusalem (including by making the site politically untouchable, as it will now be linked with religious activities.

  • It is problematic enough that the plan involves building a yeshiva inside a Palestinian neighborhood, but the offense inherent in this plan goes deeper: the Palestinian sector of Israel’s “united” capital has for 50 years been systematically deprived of public investment and public institutions. Specifically with respect to schools, East Jerusalem suffers from a well-documented deficit of thousands of classrooms - and Israeli courts have made clear the State’s legal obligation to provide them. Time and again the Israeli government has told the Supreme Court that it would love to build schools for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, but cannot do so because there is no place to put them. And yet, the site of the planned Or Sameach Yeshiva is an ideal place to build a new Palestinian school, and under the existing town plan, the site was designated for precisely such a purpose. But rather than build desperately needed facilities for Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, the land has been given to the settlers, and public resources will be invested in building a yeshiva that, This plan sends a message to the Palestinians that cannot be misunderstood: in the eyes of Israeli planners and decision-makers, only Israelis count; the needs, hopes, and desires - and even legal rights - of Palestinian residents do not count at all. Indeed, the overarching message of all of this settlement is to tell the Palestinians that they are being consigned to the role of extras and alien interlopers against the backdrop of the new Jewish religious neighborhood taking shape in Sheikh Jarrah.


"Routine" Settlement Expansion

In the large settlements: Alongside the new plans in large East Jerusalem settlement neighborhoods that reflect new policies and practices of the Israeli government, there is also some business-as-usual settlement construction taking shape. These are plans that seek to increase the building capacity within the built-up areas of settlements (filling in empty spaces with “residual” units). Specifically, in addition to the hundreds of units being approved in major new plans in Gilo, Pisgat Zeev, and Ramot, there are a number of other plans for new construction:

  • 44 additional units that may be built inside Ramot (Town Plan 291419)

  • 116 units in Pisgat Zeev (Town Plan 464859)

  • These plans are expected to be approved in the Regional Planning Committee on July 17 and 18, respectively.

In the settlement enclaves: “Routine” plans also continue to advance in the settlement enclaves of East Jerusalem. In the overall scheme of things, and given the urgent new developments taking place, these developments may not seem especially important. However, they disclose the inherent toxicity of the settlement enterprise in East Jerusalem, and the continuing ways in which occupation in East Jerusalem is increasingly indistinguishable from occupation in the West Bank.

  • On 7/16, the Regional Planning Committee will take action to grant retroactive approval for 8 units that were built illegally by settlers in Beit Orot on the Mount of Olives (Town Plan 54734). Beit Orot is an settlement built with massive government support - land, resources, funding, political backing - but all of that (which exceeds what most developments get inside the Green Line) was not enough for the settlers, who chose to also build illegally. Had similarly illegal construction been carried out by a Palestinian, it would have long since been demolished, with the Palestinian forced to bear the costs of the demolition (or, alternatively, demolishing it himself). Instead, since this is settler construction, it is being legalized post-facto (mirroring, not coincidentally, Israel’s policies in the West Bank, where Israeli policy has made clear for decades that (a) the rule of law does not apply to settlers, and (b) that illegal actions will not only be tolerated but rewarded).

  • On 7/16, the Regional Planning Committee will approve the construction of a large, upscale mikve (a ritual bath used by religious Jews) in the Nof Zion settlement (Town Plan 365908). Like the Or Sameach Yeshiva, the construction of this ritual bath - on public land, with public funding, in a part of the city where Palestinian children lack schools, playgrounds, open spaces, and, yes, facilities like pools - underscores with stark clarity that or Israeli planners and decision-makers, one segment of the population counts in East Jerusalem, and one does not count at all.


Thousands More New Units (via another shift in policy/tactics?)

The settlement floodgates have been opened in East Jerusalem, and the recent and pending approvals (that are now known to the public) are not the whole story. It should be recalled that the leaks about settlement plans that accompanied the Kushner-Greenblatt visit spoke of:

  • 3500 new units in Gilo

  • 2200 new units in Har Homa

  • 900 new units in Pisgat Zeev

  • 500 new units in Ramat Shlomo

  • 100 new units in Ramot

The details of the actual plans that would be involved (if the leaks are accurate) remain a mystery, as there are no known plans that would, for example, allow for the construction of more than 3000 units in Gilo and more than 2000 units in Har Homa.

This could mean that the reports are inaccurate, or it could mean that the Israeli government is embracing another new(ish) means to expand East Jerusalem settlements: advancing more remote and complex schemes (mostly private), and/or facilitating the advancement of such plans with the blessing of the government. The content of the reports suggests that the latter interpretation is likely.

Until more is known, the following is what can be said about existing and potential future plans in the areas mentioned by the reports:

  • 500 units in Ramat Shlomo: Town Plan 11094 was the first plan approved following the election of Donald Trump (see previous TJ reporting, here). The plan was previously announced in 2014 (reported by Terrestrial Jerusalem here), but movement on the plan has been stalled since that time. TP 11094 provides for expansion on the northeastern flank of Ramat Shlomo in the direction of Neve Yaakov. This plan, if implemented, will have very problematic implications on the two-state solution, welding Ramat Shlomo to the adjacent Palestinian neighborhood of Shuafat and thereby making it nearly impossible to delineate a border between the two. Notably, the plan is located beyond the expropriation line of Ramat Shlomo. It is comprised of privately-owned land (including land owned by Palestinians), and must therefore go through a more complicated and prolonged planning process than a project located on so-called “state land” (known as “reparcelization”). The plan, as initially approved by the municipal planning committee on November 23, 2016, would ultimately allow for the construction of an additional 500 units. As explained in previous TJ reporting, the Municipality’s role in the approval of TP 11094 is limited largely to an advisory capacity. The real authority required to approve the Plan is vested in the Regional Planning Committee, which operates within the framework of the Ministry of Interior.

  • 2200 units in Har Homa: Potential large-scale construction in Har Homa requires special attention and concern. It appears that this relates to a new Master Plan for Har Homa (which has yet to be assigned a number), and it is likely that this new Master Plan will include construction in the area known as Har Homa West (the plan for which already exists - Town Plan 13308). The Har Homa West plan - comprising 2200 units, to be built between Har Homa and Givat Hamatos - is in an embryonic stage. The plan is located beyond the expropriation line of Har Homa, on lands that includes a complex mix of ownership. Both the land ownership and the landscape of its location makes this project difficult to implement. If implemented, this project - together with Givat Hamatos - will complete the “seal” between East Jerusalem and Bethlehem, severely undermining the two-state solution. This project is also not new; see previous TJ reporting here. (Another possibility is that the 2200 units are part of an expansion of Har Homa to the east and south, in the area known as Khirbet Mazmoriyah - although thus far there are no specific indications that this is being seriously considered).

  • 3500 units Gilo: Like Har Homa, potential major expansion in Gilo requires special attention and concern. Apparently in this case, as with Har Homa, the leak is referring to a new Master Plan for Gilo South; in this case, that Master Plan has been assigned a planning number, Town Plan 125195. A plan likely to be included in TP 125195 is Ahuzat Nof Gilo, which is in an embryonic stage, having not been approved or advanced in any significant way. The Ahuzat Nof Gilo plan provides for the construction of 2500 new units, located beyond the expropriation land Gilo, in the direction of Bethlehem and the Bethlehem checkpoint, on mainly private land (including Palestinian private land acquired by Israeli developers and “church” lands). While no formal Town Plan has yet been filed with the municipality (the first step before any plan can be advanced), this project is not new; see previous TJ reporting from August 2016, when it was last in the news, and before that in 2012 (demonstrating a truism about Jerusalem settlement plans - every plan should be taken seriously, because a plan shelved today will almost certainly be taken up again at some point in the future).

Until now, construction in the large settlement neighborhoods of East Jerusalem has taken place on lands expropriated by Israel in several waves after 1967. In April 1995, Israel committed to the US government that there would be no additional expropriations; in the ensuing years, the government of Israel built intensively on the expropriated lands, for the most part exhausting them. This means that major expansion of existing settlements in East Jerusalem, or construction of new East Jerusalem settlements, can no longer be significantly advanced using state land or expropriated land.

Givat Hamatos was the first large-scale plan that had to contend with complicated land issues like those at play in the above-discussed cases. The lands on which Givat Hamatos is planned were not expropriated by Israel. Rather, the lands are owned by various churches, private Palestinian owners, the Custodian of Absentee Property, and private Israeli developers. Consequently, the planning process – which involved a complex and controversial reparcelization process – has taken 25 years (and construction has still not commenced, for reasons unrelated to that process).

It appears that the Givat Hamatos case is illustrative of what may be happening now with potential expansion in Ramat Shlomo, Har Homa, and Gilo: similarly complicated land ownership is the common denominator between Town Plan 11094 of Ramat Shlomo, Mordot Gilo South, Har Homa West and Ahuzat Nof Gilo, and in all likelihood almost all of the areas to be included in the Master Plans for Gilo and Har Homa. Being beyond the post-1967 expropriation lines, these areas are overwhelmingly on privately owned properties that will require private initiatives, but in each case there are indications of governmental support. In the case of Ramat Shlomo, the plan is been advanced with the full cooperation of the Israeli Land Authority (ILA) and the municipality. In the case of Har Homa west, Peace Now has been able to demonstrate that this plan appeared in 2014 as one of the projects advanced by the Ministry of Construction.

Finally, it is worth noting that Givat Hamatos remains on hold - for now. In an interview on Israel broadcast news around the time of the Kushner-Greenblatt visits, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Zeev Elkin said there was no limitation on construction in Jerusalem except in Givat Hamatos. Deputy Jerusalem Mayor Meir Turgeman - who was the source of the leaks about impending settlement approvals - was also quoted saying that he hoped that Givat Hamatos would be included in the mix of the plans that are been expedited - a further indication that the government is still holding off on the implementation of that plan. These are positive signs but pressure could change Netanyahu’s calculus at any point in time.

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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 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


17/10/2018 Jerusalem Elections 2018 - the Palestinian Dimension


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