Court stops demolition of eastern Jerusalem homes


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Jerusalem District Court blocked the demolition of Palestinian homes in an eastern Jerusalem neighborhood.

The court ruled Wednesday that 22 illegal homes in the al-Bustan neighborhood that are set for demolition to make way for a building, recreation and tourism plan called The King’s Garden cannot be razed until plans are approved for the park.

The plan would see the 22 Arab-built homes demolished and in exchange, the residents will receive permits to build new homes elsewhere in the neighborhood. Sixty-six other homes in the neighborhood would be legalized retroactively as well.

The approval process for the park is expected to take two years.

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