With nod from Jordan and Gulf, Israel upgrades section near Temple Mount

The project cost NIS 6 million and was budgeted through a cabinet decision that passed in May 2017.

By
June 6, 2019 02:21
2 minute read.
With nod from Jordan and Gulf, Israel upgrades section near Temple Mount

A view of the Temple Mount from the air. (photo credit: GALI TIBBON)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

In recent weeks and far from the media spotlight, the Jerusalem Development Authority carried out an unprecedented upgrade near the Temple Mount, clearing a long-standing garbage dump just outside the Old City walls.

Work of this kind is rare, especially when done so close to the Temple Mount, where just on Sunday violent clashes broke out as Jews entered the holy site to mark Jerusalem Day.


Garbage dump located until recently on the northeast corner of the Old City, not far from the Temple Mount, Jerusalem. (photo credit: Courtesy)
 
The garbage dump was located until recently in an area known as the “Sheep Market,” on the northeast corner of the Old City. Not far from the Temple Mount, it is adjacent to a monument to honor Jordanian soldiers killed during the 1967 Six Day War as well as the Yeusefiya Cemetery, which runs north- south, east of the Temple Mount, and is managed by the Wakf Islamic religious trust.

Monument for Jordanian soldiers near former garbage dump, Old City, Jerusalem. (photo credit: Courtesy)


Sources involved in the project said that the garbage dump had become a health and sanitation hazard, and was also disrespectful to the hundreds of thousands of Muslim worshipers who walked by on their way to the Temple Mount and al-Aqsa Mosque via the Lions’ Gate.

In order to move the garbage dump, the JDA – under direction of the Jerusalem Municipality and Mayor Moshe Lion – conducted negotiations with the Greek Orthodox Church and found a new location for a cleaner and environment-friendly garbage plant, farther away from the Old City walls.

Sources said the project took time due to the sensitivity of any work conducted by the government in east Jerusalem, especially work carried out close to the Temple Mount. Throughout the process, contact was maintained with the Wakf as well as with authorities in Jordan and in various Gulf states.

Promenade being built on site of former garbage dump, Old City, Jerusalem. (photo credit: Courtesy)

The NIS 6 million project was budgeted through a cabinet decision taken in May 2017.

With the garbage plant out of the way, the JDA, municipality and East Jerusalem Development Company have started construction of a promenade that will circle along the Old City walls with the aim of improving the quality of the site in the area and increasing foot traffic, primarily of tourists.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Soldiers inspected one of the Wadi Hummos structures slated for demolition on July 18, 2019.
July 22, 2019
IDF: 12 buildings razed were too close to security barrier

By TOVAH LAZAROFF, KHALED ABU TOAMEH

Cookie Settings