Stop the Demolition of Homes for the King’s Garden Park in East Jerusalem
Al-Bustan is a neighborhood within Silwan in East Jerusalem. Its name means "The Orchard" in Arabic (bustan is also the word for orchard in Hebrew). This name hearkens back to a time when the valley was filled with fruit trees, which were nurtured by ancient springs. Today, the Al-Bustan neighborhood holds geopolitical importance because of its close proximity to the City of David archaeological site and Jerusalem’s Old City.
The Jerusalem municipality and mayor call the Al-Bustan neighborhood the “King’s Garden” and promote the hypothesis that the royal garden mentioned several times in the Tanakh once stood here. Within the Al-Bustan neighborhood, these government officials want to create a biblically themed park, inspired by scriptural references. Carrying out this plan would entail demolishing approximately 22 to 56 Palestinian houses and displacing dozens of people.
Take Action: Stop the Demolition of Homes for the King’s Garden Park
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