Flaws and repercussions

There were flaws in the planning of the city in both the Jordanian part and the Israeli Jerusalem, rather than giving importance to the city in terms of settlement development and scale its focus was diverted towards religion, power, and establishment of certain socio-political power.

“Basically, all the planning of the Israeli institutions is guided by the desire to maintain a Jewish majority in the city of Jerusalem in its new borders, post ‘67.  And when this is what guides planning it also clouds planning, which becomes a tool for this policy and not a tool for the improvement of the quality of life, of the urban fabric, which is what it should be.”

This affected everything from plumbing – the lack of sewage pipes in a stretch of 50km in the east  – to education, with a lack of classrooms for Palestinian children and teaching facilities for them.

The elimination of a nationalist view was carried out by removing the mention of Palestinians and rather refer them as Arabs. on the other half of Jerusalem under Jordan. The eastern side became a secondary city as opposed to the western side, and as exploited for political reasons.

 

 

2 Comments on “Flaws and repercussions

  1. You mainly introduced political background and regional segregation of Jerusalem. If you could linked this background to the evolution of urban transformation, then the narratives will be more related to our topic of urban planning.

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