Israel Plans Military College in East Jerusalem
Agence France Presse – Israel’s interior ministry has
approved the construction of a military academy on land in the Mount of
Olives in Arab east Jerusalem, Israeli activists and officials told AFP
The plan is likely to spark controversy and has already been dubbed a “provocation.”
“This project to construct a national
defence college in Jerusalem was voted on a month ago by the Jerusalem
municipality planning committee and another interior ministry committee
confirmed it on Monday,” Pepe Alalu, a council member in the Holy City,
The public has 60 days to appeal the plan before it can be formally approved.
“There’s little chance that an appeal
will be accepted by the interior ministry given that Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu supports this project,” said Daniel Seidemann,
director of the NGO Terrestrial Jerusalem.
The project, which calls for an academy
for officers is likely to stoke controversy, with the Palestinians
objecting to any Israeli construction in east Jerusalem.
Israel captured the eastern half of the
city during the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move never
recognised internationally, but the Palestinians want the east of the
city for the capital of their future state.
The project constitutes “a provocation
that could deal a new blow to the chance of engaging in dialogue (with
the Palestinians) on the future of the city,” Alalu said.
“It would be better to build a school on the site rather than an Israeli military college,” he added.
Seidemann, whose NGO tracks developments
in Jerusalem that could affect the peace process, including settlement
construction, also criticised the plan.
He condemned the decision to choose “a site as sacred as the Mount of Olives to build a military academy.”
The plan “cannot fail to produce opposition from Christian churches, even those best disposed towards Israel,” he said.
Several important churches are located
on the Mount of Olives, which holds religious significance for
Christians, who believe Jesus Christ was arrested there before his
The Mount of Olives also holds religious significance for Jews, who believe the Messiah will arrive at the site.
Seidemann warned that building the
academy in east Jerusalem would isolate Israel, attract criticism from
governments around the world, and could even produce a boycott by
“Not a single one of them will place a foot there, so this initiative will further isolate Israel,” he said.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the college will cover a 42,000 square metres.
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to Jerusalem. It includes those that are based or have a significant
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- A.N.S.W.E.R-Act Now to Stop War & End Racism - Coalition
- Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
- American Indian Movement - West
- Bay Area Women in Black
- Birthright Unplugged
- Canada Palestine Association
- Canada-Palestine Support Network
- Canadian Arab Federation
- Canadian Boat to Gaza
- Canadian Peace Alliance
- Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
- Centre for Research on Globalization
- Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
- CNY Working for a Just Peace in Palestine & Israel
- CODEPINK Women for Peace
- Existence is Resistance
- Freedom Socialist Party
- Free Palestine Committee, National Lawyers Guild
- Free Palestine Movement
- Friends of Sabeel - Hawaii
- Friends of Sabeel - North America
- Friends of Sabeel - Northern California
- General Union of Palestinian Students - San Francisco State University
- Global Exchange
- Hamilton Coalition to stop the War
- Hilton Head for Peace
- Independent Jewish Voices
- International Committee, National Lawyers Guild
- International Socialist Organization
- International Solidarity Movement Bard College
- International Solidarity Movement Northern California
- Intifada Tent - Occupy Oakland
- ICAHD USA
- Leadership Team of Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, MN
- Middle East Childres's Alliance
- Middle East Crisis Response
- Middle East Study Group
- Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA) York University
- Muslim American Society Immigrant Justice Center
- North Coast Coalition for Palestine
- Our Neighbors in Palestine
- Palestine House
- Palestinian American Congress
- Palestinian Association of Brantford
- Palestinian Association of Hamilton
- Resource Center for Nonviolence
- San Jose Peace & Justice Center
- Science for Peace
- South Alameda County Peace & Justice Committee
- Students for Justice in Palestine - UC Berkeley
- United Progressives
- U.S. Dominican Palestine Coordinating Committee
- Voice of Palestine
- Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club
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- Dr. Amir M. Maasoumi
- Ann Wright, United States Army colonel, ret.
- Benjamin Monnet, World Assembly Member, USA/Korea
- Clayborne Carson, Professor & Director, Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute, Stanford University
- Cornell West, Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University; Philosopher, writer and Civil Rights Activist
- David Hartsough, Director, Peaceworkers, San Francisco
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu
- Rev. Dr. Dorsey Blake, Presiding Minister, Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, San Francisco
- Edward Peck, Retired US Ambassador and career US Diplomat
- Professor Francis A. Boyle, University of Illinois College of Law
- George Galloway, British Member of Parliament
- Dr. Ghada Karmi, Co-Director, Centre for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter
- Dr. Hatem Bazian, Senior Lecturer in Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley
- Izzet Sahin, International Affairs Secretary, IHH
- Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Pastor Emeritus, Trinity Church of Christ, Chicago
- Joe Meadors, Veteran and Survivor of the 1967 Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty
- Dr. Judith Butler, American philosopher and Professor, University of California, Berkeley
- Lauren Booth, English broadcaster, journalist and pro-Palestinian activist
- Fr. Louis Vitale, Order of Franciscan Monks; Pace e Bene; nonviolent resistor
- Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, American rabbi in the Jewish Renewal movement
- Mairead Maguire, , Nobel Peace Laureate
- Marcy Winograd, Los Angeles teacher, peace activist and former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives
- Medea Benjamin, Co-founder Code Pink and Global Exchange
- Mustafa Barghouti, Palestinian democracy activist and former presidential candidate
- Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor and Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT
- Richard Falk, Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University
- Roger Leisner, Radio Free Maine
- Ronnie Kasrils, South African ANC leader and cabinet minister
- Samuel F. Hart, U.S. Ambassador, ret.
- Susan Abulhawa, Palestinian-American author and Founder of Playgrounds for Palestine
- Tariq Ali,
British Pakistani military historian, novelist, journalist, filmmaker,
public intellectual, political campaigner, activist, and commentator