EJ/9 Plan by Israel National Parks Authority (INPA) in 1968

EJ/9 Plan by Israel National Parks Authority (INPA) in 1968

The purpose of the EJ/9 plan was to set the boundaries of the National Park Surrounding the Old City Walls.

Land in green was zoned as “shetah nof patuah” (open landscape area), where no Palestinian development is allowed. Such areas have frequently been rezoned for Jewish development in the past — as at Reches Shuafat, Har Homa, Beit Safafa, and even French Hill, which had been so designated in the 1968 plan. Most of the recent demolitions have been on the pretext that the house is in “shetah nof patuah”. In these areas, too, extremely low building ratios were stipulated.42 Moreover, within the residential clusters themselves, many areas were designated as preservation areas and were thereby subject to additional, special building restrictions.

The Israel National Parks Authority (INPA) initiated this plan shortly after the 1967 war, and it was deposited in December 1968.36 The plan is extremely general; its directives deal exclusively with the preservation of the area for the national park, and the blueprint primarily sketches the blue line that delineates the area of the national park. The declaration of the National Park Surrounding the Old City was done in 1974 by then Minister of Interior, Yosef Burg.

 

 

Reference:

  1. Bimkom, Trapped By Planning – Israeli Policy, Planning and Development in the Palestinian Neighborhoods of East Jerusalem (2014): 97.

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