While the City of David National Park is under the formal authority of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, this highly visited archaeological site in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem is managed by the settler organization Elad. When tourists visit the City of David, they are helping fund Elad's settlement transformation of Silwan and hear skewed settlers narratives that leave gaping holes in the history of civilization in Jerusalem. Tell the Israel Nature and Parks Authority that you expect national parks that you visit to be managed under their formal authority-not by ideological settlers.
The Jerusalem municipality and mayor want to create a biblically themed park, inspired by scriptural references, in the Al-Bustan neighborhood of Silwan, East Jerusalem. Carrying out this plan would entail demolishing approximately 22 to 56 Palestinian houses and displacing dozens of people.
Over the last two decades the Jewish National Fund in Israel (KKL-JNF) has been amassing property seized from Palestinians in East Jerusalem, evicting families, and turning the property over to a settler organization with the express goal of Judaizing Palestinian neighborhoods. These evictions place facts on the ground that are roadblocks to peace. In November 2011, we won a small victory when KKL-JNF halted the eviction of one family from East Jerusalem after public pressure from T'ruah, our supporters, and activists in Israel.
Join us in asking the Jewish National Fund to issue a public statement that they will no longer engage in evictions, either directly or through subsidiary organizations.