Quiet revolution that is freezing Palestinians out of Jerusalem

Evictions and planning decisions on the ground are jeopardising prospects for a two-state Middle East peace deal

Rory McCarthy, Jerusalem

The Observer/UK, arch 7, 2010

In the brochure handed out by the mayor’s office in Jerusalem last week, there were pretty sketches illustrating a development that would turn a poor, crowded area into a park, with streams, restaurants and hotels. It talked of reviving the area’s “ancient glory” and returning the site to “an island of green” just outside the walls of the Old City. True, some houses would have to be demolished but they had been built illegally and anyway the plan was a “win-win” for both the residents and the city, said the mayor, Nir Barkat.

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