The Israeli occupation municipality in occupied Jerusalem is working on establishing a vocational training college in the Wadi Al-Joz neighborhood, as part of the largest Judaization project called "Silicon Valley", which it seeks to implement in the neighborhood.
Wadi al-Joz is located to the northeast of the Old City. It is considered an industrial and economic center in Jerusalem, containing a number of types of industries, most of which fall within the category of car repair, in addition to some shops and restaurants.
The neighborhood faces a number of challenges, most notably the structural plan for Jerusalem that was approved by the Construction and Planning Committee in the occupation municipality in June 2009, which aims to expand the settlement presence in Jerusalem and restrict the Palestinian presence there.
The occupation is currently targeting Wadi al-Joz through two settlement projects: “Silicon Valley” and the “City Center”.
Fakhri Abu Diab, a researcher in Jerusalem affairs, confirms that Israel always covers its Judaization projects with different names, in order to promote them and reduce pressure on it, in order to change the reality in the city of Jerusalem.
Abu Diab reports to Safa that the approval of the Regional Committee for Building and Organization in the occupation municipality to establish a vocational training college in Wadi al-Joz is a first step towards implementing the "Silicon Valley" project in the region.
According to him, the college will be established on an area of 12 dunams and will include workshops, halls, educational and training centers, and equipment and devices.
He points out that the construction of the training college will be adjacent to Israeli security centers located in Wadi al-Joz, such as the Al-Yasam police station, the Ministry of the Interior of the occupation, and others.
The establishment of the college is a prelude to the implementation of the “Silicon Valley” project, under which about 2,000 Palestinian dunams will be confiscated, and about 200 Palestinian industrial facilities will be demolished in the neighborhood, in order to build about 900 settlement hotel rooms and high-tech industrial facilities for the benefit of Israeli companies in the region.
Abu Diab shows that the occupation seeks, through the establishment of a training college, to change the reality of the area in general and to completely Judaize it and impose new facts on it.Source : Safa