Occupation Plans 'Trump Station' near Western Jerusalem Wall

تم نشره في Tue 26 December / Dec 2017. 01:00 AM
  • In May, Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall - (EPA)

CAPITALS — The Israeli occupation authorities announced plans to dig a railway tunnel under occupied Jerusalem's Old City and name a station next to the Western Wall after Donald Trump.

Yisrael Katz, Israeli minister of transport, said he wanted to honour the US president for his decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital.

The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews are permitted to pray.

The proposed new railway tunnel and station would form part of an extension of a high-speed line from Tel Aviv that is set to open next year.

Previous Israeli excavation work around the compound behind the Western Wall, the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary), triggered numerous Palestinian protests.

The UN cultural agency UNESCO, which has designated the Old City a World Heritage site, has also expressed concern about tunnelling and excavations.

Mr Katz told the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth that the extension of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem line was the transport ministry's "most important national project".

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally, and according to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, the final status of Jerusalem is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.

Since 1967, Israel has built a dozen settlements, home to about 200 thousand Israeli settlers, in East Jerusalem. These are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.