Written by: Rasim Obeidat – Occupied Jerusalem…
In a press conference held by Masar International Company, headquartered in Rawabi, near Ramallah, owned by businessman Bashar Al-Masry, in partnership with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, which owns the 31 dunums of land, in the presence of religious and national figures, including the Mufti of the Holy Land Sheikh Muhammad Hussein and the Director of the Islamic Endowments Department Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib and Sheikh Wasif Al-Bakri, Acting Judge of the Judiciary, announced on Monday 11/10/2021, in the presence of a remarkable media and “Bruganda” and funded advertisements on social media pages, the launch of what was called the largest housing project in the city of Jerusalem in the area north of Beit Hanina Bassem. Hayy, 400 housing units at a cost of one billion shekels, obtained the necessary licenses from the occupation municipality, and 12,000 square meters of commercial building that includes shops of the latest international brands, cinemas, a model school, a nursery, and a green space for entertainment.
The Jerusalemite, when he hears about this, says, “Near God’s Faraj.” Finally, dreams of providing apartments for our children have been fulfilled, enabling them to strengthen their steadfastness and presence in Jerusalem, and because the devil lies in the details, and because what he hears and tells does not apply to reality, but rather contradicts and contradicts with The Jerusalemites’ desires and capabilities, the Jerusalemites discover that this project is not directed to them and according to the popular saying “O joy, what has happened.” This project at the prices of its apartments exceeds all their capabilities and energies, even if they mortgaged their homes, lands, furniture and families to international looting institutions from an international monetary fund and an international bank, similar to The policy of the former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, and they are classified 78-80% of them below the poverty line. And the poor merchants., and it does not contribute to strengthening their steadfastness or their survival. Neither the poor nor the middle classes are able to own an apartment in this project, in which the cost of an apartment of 90 square meters is about half a million US dollars, and an apartment of 120 square meters whose price reaches 600 thousand. In US dollars, of course, an apartment in a 12-storey residential tower with 45 apartments. Any citizen who wants to obtain an apartment will pay 25% of its value and a usurious loan from a Palestinian bank for 15 years on impossible terms, and the interest is two and a half times the interest from Israeli banks, as part From the role of these banks in “strengthening” the steadfastness of the Jerusalemites..
As thought leaders say, “a concrete analysis” of the concrete reality, this project is essentially a profit-making investment project, and this is its essence and one of its main goals, and it seems that it is directed to the upper classes and categories of Jerusalemites, and our people inside the Palestinian interior – 48 – whose income is higher than the income of the sons of Jerusalem. Our people are in the city of Jerusalem, and they can also obtain housing loans from the occupation banks, with lower interest rates than the Palestinian banks that were instructed by the Monetary Authority….facilitating the process of obtaining loans, and the Ministry of Finance of the Authority also provided guarantees to these banks for the owners of this project. Therefore, not the investor Neither the partner, nor the banks, nor the authority, nor its Ministry of Finance, are concerned with strengthening the steadfastness of Jerusalemites and housing them in housing units commensurate with their income.
The project comes within the framework of the intertwining of interests, goals and agendas, and falls under the so-called economic peace projects proposed by America and Israel to “resolve,” liquidate the Palestinian cause, and consider our Palestinian cause, not an issue of people and land, but rather an issue of a commercial deal and economic projects, improving the terms and conditions of life for the Palestinian people Under occupation, what Prime Minister Bennett defines as “reducing the conflict,” an economic project with security guards devoid of national political rights.
Al-Masry wants to transfer Rawabi’s experience to the city of Jerusalem, wrap his projects in a humanitarian and development envelope, and target the Gulf and Arab countries to obtain financing for them, whether in the form of grants or loans to benefit from, without lowering the price of the apartment for the citizen. This happened in the loan he obtained from the Fund. The Kuwaiti development for the city of Rawabi, which is now targeting him in order to obtain a loan for this project worth 500 million shekels, but his request was rejected due to the high cost. Good” and accumulates capital over capital, and the Egyptian is a proponent of economic peace, and capital crosses borders, and is used and employed in achieving political goals, and he had an experience in Jerusalem at the beginning of the “Corona” pandemic in March 2020, where cooperation took place with the occupation municipality and the Israeli Ministry of Health, in The stone of Palestinians returning from abroad, specifically from Turkey, in the “St. George Hotel in Jerusalem,” as revealed by the Israeli journalist Nir Hasson, at a time when many owners of Jerusalem institutions rushed to promote this project, at a time when the occupation intelligence, who was doing my work For sterilizing a Jerusalem neighborhood or town, within a relationship with the Palestinian Authority, he is being arrested.
Therefore, we say that we are with any housing, economic, commercial, tourism, and development project in the city of Jerusalem that contributes to protecting the Palestinian land from the settlement “ghoul”, but in return this project must be known about its goals, objectives and repercussions.
This project came within the framework of a partnership between Al-Masar International Company, owned by the businessman Bashar Al-Masry and the Greek Patriarch Theophilios, the patriarch of the Arab Orthodox Church. ..and this Patriarch the National Conference that was held at Jacir Palace in Bethlehem on 2/10/2017 at the invitation of the Factional Coordination Committee in Bethlehem and the Arab Orthodox Central Council under the slogan “The Church’s Endowment is an Issue of Land, Homeland, Belonging and Identity), which among his decisions is to dismiss the Patriarch. And not to receive him on any religious occasion and consider him outside the national rank… Therefore, we believe that this project, which will have 80 apartments for the Arab Orthodox Church, and which is controlled by this patriarch, has a set of goals, first to achieve the highest amount of profit, and to gain national reputation and political credit. And my masses at the expense of Jerusalem and its people, and the page of some contested in their patriotism and reputation is being whitened because they are part of long-term sale, diversion and leasing of the property of the Arab Orthodox Church, as well as paving the way towards economic peace projects, and strengthening the alliance “Abraham” the normalizer.
This is not how the steadfastness of the Jerusalemites is strengthened and they are economically and existentially empowered. Jerusalem needs Palestinian, Arab and Muslim “Moscovites” who donate money in order to establish subsidized housing projects at reasonable prices, or buy and endow many homes in Jerusalem and endow them Islamic and Christian, and housing people in it at reasonable wages, the proceeds of which return The activities, events, restoration and development of services in Jerusalem, and most importantly working on liberating Islamic and Christian endowment lands, and establishing housing projects on them for the poor, marginalized, low-income and middle-class groups.
Rasem Obeidat – Voice of the Bride – Arab Voice