Palestinians discover damage to a parking lot next to the settlement-cum-archeological site City of David.
Israeli archeological excavations have led to gaping cracks in a parking lot owned by the Greek Orthodox Church in Silwan,Â reportsÂ the Wadi Hilweh Information Center. Locals specify that two large cracks between four and six meters deep surfaced in the parking lot on December 8 and 9, 2018.
The parking lot abuts the City of David, an archeological site run by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and settler organization Elad. According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, Elad aspires to seize the damaged parting lot and set up a guard post on it.
The City of David sits on a confiscated Palestinian home and orchard. Eladâ€™s excavations in and around the site haveÂ severely damagedÂ nearby Palestinian residences. Palestinians have attempted to stop the underground excavations in Israeli courts.
EladÂ effectively functions as an arm of the Israeli governmentÂ and the governmentÂ permitsÂ the organization to conceal the names of its major donors. Israeli settlement watch group Peace Now reports that in the last two years, Elad has stolen ten Palestinian properties in Silwan, includingÂ three apartments in April 2018.
Ahmad Jaradat is the Senior Project Coordinator of the Alternative Information Center (AIC).