Local residents and environmentalists have been campaigning against an Israeli plan to build a section of its West Bank Separation Barrier through the centuries-old irrigation terraces of a Palestinian village south of Jerusalem. Israel’s Supreme Court is due to issue a ruling, but in June the area has been listed as a World Heritage site.
Israeli public diplomacy often uses the term “the only democracy in the Middle East”. But without comparing, Israel is also unique by being one of the few democracies, if not the only one, in the world that subjects its media to military censorship.
While political divisions refuse to heal, Israeli and Palestinian medical relief groups are trying to overcome numerous hurdles through evolving cooperation.
If all goes to plan, passengers will not get to see the beautiful Yitla Stream, or what is left of it, on the train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Construction plans at present include a 144-metre bridge over the mini- canyon in the Jerusalem Hills known as the Yitla Stream. Local people and environmentalists want instead a tunnel link under the Stream in order to keep the habitat intact.
Von Khartum über Kairo nach Jerusalem: Warum verfolgte Sudaner Zuflucht im Land der Juden suchen.