The Jerusalem District Court ruled on Tuesday that the renewal of a contract by
the Israel Nature and Parks Authority with the Ir David Foundation, which runs
the City of David Archeology Park, was illegal.
The INPA failed to follow
proper guidelines when renewing the contract and should have made the tender
known to the public in order to allow outside groups to compete for a chance to
run the site, Judge Nava Ben-Or said in her decision.
Left-wing NGO Ir
Amim, which filed the petition, complained that although the City of David site
is a national park, the area is run by Ir David, a private organization, and not
by the INPA. It also believes that Ir David promotes Jewish history while
ignoring Arab history.
The INPA has two months to appeal.