In October 2012, plans were deposited on the Mount of Olives informing local people about plans to build a military college, here. Israeli citizens had 60 days to voice their objections. In this time, an international campaign was also start, to voice the opposition of people of all faiths and none to the plans. This petition is part of that campaign. Although the consultation period has now closed, your support for this petition would stil be useful:
a) because the Israeli Ministry of Interior is informed every time the petition is signed.
b) because it will enable you to be updated with future developments on these plans.
The Mount of Olives is a place of deep religious importance to Christians, Jews and Muslims.
It is also one of the most heavily disputed areas of Jerusalem.
The construction of a military college there could be seen as both insensitive, and provocative. It takes Jerusalem yet further away from becoming a city of peace.
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For Christians, the Mount of Olives is an important place because the Garden of Gethsemane is at the base of the mountain. In scripture, it is also the place where Jesus ascended to heaven.
There has been a Jewish cemetery on the Mount for over 3,000 years. Many chose to be buried here as it is believed that the resurrection of the dead will begin here when the Messiah comes.
Within Islamic teaching, a thin bridge will connect the Mount of Olives and the Haram A-Sharif (the Dome of the Rock mosque) at the end of days.
This is one of the most disputed pieces of land in Jerusalem. In 1968, following the annexation of East Jerusalem to the state of Israel, the site was expropriated by the Israeli government. It now lies adjacent to the Palestinian neighbourhood of A-Suwane, close to the Israeli settlement of Beit Orot.
Hagit Ofran, an Israeli peace campaigner, said that ‘the location, at one of the most sensitive and disputed areas in Jerusalem, is a little more than provocative.’ A press release published by the Israeli Ministry of Interior said that other sites in Jerusalem were examined, but this was found to be “optimal.”
On the contrary, we fear that this development could be seen as a provocative act, taking Jerusalem yet further away from becoming a city of peace.