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The Jerusalem Municipality is promoting a historic plan to establish an educational complex for children with special needs from East Jerusalem

In recent years, the Jerusalem Municipality has been promoting a historic plan to build a regional educational complex for Arab children with special needs from all over East Jerusalem.

As part of the plan, 18 classrooms will be built, along with 6 kindergartens, sports fields and leisure facilities. The location chosen for the Campus is an area in the central neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, designated as a statutory area for public needs. The central location of the campus will facilitate the arrival of students from all the Arab neighborhoods in the area and will allow full accessibility and maximum convenience for parents and students.

Despite the fact that the plan was approved and budgeted years ago, its implementation is severely delayed due to an illegal takeover of the land.

The current family has built a private commercial business and a temporary residential building. Contrary to the family's claim, the buildings were built illegally in recent years.

The family's illegal takeover of public space prevents hundreds of children with special needs from all over East Jerusalem from receiving a basic educational service that the municipality seeks to provide.

The Jerusalem Municipality emphasizes that the evacuation of the area has been approved by all the courts, including the Jerusalem District Court. Since the issuance of the evacuation order in 2017, members of the family have been given countless opportunities to leave the land with consent, but they refused to do so, even after meetings and repeated dialogue attempts by the Jerusalem municipality.

The claims that the area will be expropriated for the purpose of transferring it to Jewish residents are false and unfounded.

Illustration credit: Jerusalem Municipality Spokeswoman

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