In attempt to prevent demolition of homes, Silwan residents present alternative plan to regulate illegal construction
Ronen MedziniAl-Bustan neighborhood Photo: Noam Moskowitz
|Published:||04.28.10, 19:19 / Israel News|
Residents of Silwan's al-Bustan neighborhood in east Jerusalem presented an alternative plan to regulate illegal construction, in an attempt to thwart the razing of their houses.The alternative plan, unveiled during a Wednesday press conference, has already passed all technical requirements and was issued a zoning file at the municipality three weeks ago.
"It is an alternative to the Jerusalem municipality's demolition plan – a plan that combines our needs with the municipality's demands. It is a light at the end of the tunnel for us," al-Bustan resident Farhi abu Dihab told Ynet.
"It is a professional, orderly plan that can be accepted by everyone and finally bring an end to this dispute. We have given up on land around the houses so that the municipality can use them to build other houses or for other purposes," he added. Attorney Sami Arsheed, who represents the neighborhood residents, explained that "it is actually a service the authorities should have provided but did not; therefore we presented a plan in order to prevent our houses from being razed.