Barkat's protestations that there will be 'thousands of homes built for Arabs" are nonsensical. There have been only a handful of Palestinian homes built in East Jerusalem since 1967, while Israel has built 50,000 homes for Israeli settlers in what the whole world and numerous UN resolutions and the Geneva Conventions considers illegal occupied Territory. Palestinians simply cannot get permission to build on land they actually own. The King's Garden is a biblical fantasy, which is designed to remove Silwan's residents from their own town, without consulting them, or allowing consideration of the excellent alternative plan produced by the architect Youssef Jabareen, to keep all their homes, and also create parks. The pursuing of Barkat's vision for East Jerusalem is a grave breach of international law, considered a war crime, and can only lead to even greater anger and sanctions by the world, and more illegitimacy for Israel. It must be cancelled, and all the demolition orders rescinded.
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from the article: Mayor defends plan to raze Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem