You are cordially invited to attend a press conference for the movement to Save the Village of Lifta. The press conference, organized by the Lifta Society, will be held on Tuesday 29 March 2011 at 10.30 a.m. at the Ambassador Hotel in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem.
The Alternative Information Center, March 29, 2011
Background: A court case is pending concerning the future of Lifta, a Palestinian village, which is located in both West and East of Jerusalem. Lifta has been targeted by the Israeli land authority for the development of a Jewish luxury residential/commercial neighborhood. The plan will lead to the destruction of the village. The Court ruling will decide whether the refugees of Lifta, who were forced to leave the village in 1948, can keep their property, heritage, culture and memory. The people of Lifta have obtained a freeze on processing the call for tender, through a petition, to the central court.
On the 6th of March, Attorney Sami Arshid submitted a petition on behalf of the Lifta Society, Jerusalem activists and urban planners to object to the unlawful sale of the property of the Lifta refugees to the private sector. On Monday, 7 March, Israeli Judge Yigal Marzel issued a temporary injunction, ordering the Israel Land Administration to freeze publication of the results of a tender to lease plots for building in the historic Palestinian village of Lifta.
If these plots are sold and new construction begins, it will be impossible to preserve the history, heritage and culture of the people. As the petition states, the “marketing of plots for building in the village of Lifta and furthermore the construction of new buildings on the village lands and in place of the existing village could thwart the ability to preserve the existing village and foil any possibility of reconstructing the historic structure of the village, and everything that is derived from this.”
The whole village is running the risk of losing its property and the people of Lifta need as much support as possible in order to save the village and raise the profile of their case to prevent losing their village forever.
Ambassador HotelNablus Road | Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem 19186, Israel
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