Al-Quds, 16 Dzulqa’dah 1437/19 August 2016 (MINA) – Israeli ministries of internal security, religious affairs and tourism in cooperation with Israeli municipality of Jerusalem approved the cable car project which is going to link the Magharebah gate, David city in Silwan town, Scopus Mount and Lions Gate all together at the expense of Palestinians’ Awqaf lands in Bab al-Rahma gate cemetery.
This project is one of 19 Judaization settlement projects within the “Jerusalem new vision” schema most of which in the southern area of the Old City of Jerusalem. The cost of which is estimated at 400 million dollars and it is expected to be finished in 2030, The Palestinian Information Center (PIC) was quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
For his part, head of the Islamic supreme authority Sheikh Ekrema Sabri condemned the cable car project and called for its cancellation.
Establishing a cable car over the walls of the Aqsa Mosque violates the sanctity of the Islamic Waqf in Occupied Jerusalem and the Aqsa holy site, he underlined.
Establishing the cable car project will involve changing the traffic routes for constructing a huge bridge from the Maghareba gate towards Silwan town in addition to widening of roads in the area in order to fit to the expected severe traffic in the area especially after building up new facilities within the coming five years.(T/P008/R07)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)