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Arabic place names erased in Municipality’s campaign to Hebrew-ize Jerusalem

SILWANIC | 24 December, 2011

Silwan, Jerusalem — The Jerusalem Municipality has ramped up its on-going campaign to alter the identity of Jerusalem and its place names, changing many Arabic street names in East Jerusalem to Hebrew ones.

Wadi Hilweh district of Silwan has been officially named “the City of David” by the Municipality, while Al-Bustan has become “the Park of the King”; Wadi Rababa “the Valley of Ben Hinoum”; and Al-Thouri “Giva’t Hannanyah”. Wadi Hilweh main street has been renamed “Ma’lout Ir David”; Cemetary Street “Ofel”; Al-Mister Street “Malki Tsadik; Dung Gate Hill “Malout Hashaloum”; and Wadi Hilweh Park “Givate Park”, in reference to the Givate unit of the Israeli Military Forces.

The name changes are decided upon by a committee of settlers in conjunction with the Municipality. The indigenous Palestinian residents of these areas have been completely denied any involvement in these changes, which form part of a clear agenda to erase the Palestinian history and identity of the region. East Jerusalem, however, remains underdeveloped and unserviced for its Palestinian inhabitants, who receive little to no support from the Municipality.

December 24, 2011 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism

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