The Jerusalem Municipality refused to suspend the demolition orders in the Bustan neighborhood. The district court will hold another hearing on the issue at the 22th of June 2011.
The Jerusalem Municipality have issued dozens of demolition orders to Palestinians in the Bustan neighborhood in Silwan, in order to use the land as a park. The Palestinian residents prepared a city plan that should legalize the illegal construction, while the Municipality have prepared another plan to demolish some of the houses and allow the construction of others near by, and to create a touristic park that will complete a park in the valleys around the Old City. Both plans are still pending in the planning committees.
The Jerusalem Municipality insists to enforce the demolition order despite the fact the the plans are yet to be approved or rejected. Two weeks ago, On May 10th, the district court instructed the Municipality and the Palestinian residents to try to get an agreement that the demolition orders will be suspended for a year, and meanwhile the planning committees will have the time to approve or reject the plans. The representatives of the Municipality asked that the Palestinians to withdraw their plan in return for their agreement to a suspension of the orders. The Palestinians refused and therefore the two sides updated the court that they haven’t reached an agreement.
The district court will hold another hearing on the issue on the 22nd of June, 2011.