Israel Starts Work on Jewish Heritage Site in Jerusalem’s Palestinian Neighbourhood

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A man uses a phone to take a “selfie” inside an ancient tunnel during the opening of an ancient road at the City of David archaeological and tourist site in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan on Sunday. — AFP

JERUSALEM (Reuters) — US envoys attended the inauguration of a Jewish heritage site in East Jerusalem on Sunday, signalling support for Israel’s hold over parts of the city that Palestinians want for a future state.

Palestinians — who view the heritage project and settlement activities in the Silwan district as moves by Israel to further cement control over areas it captured in the 1967 Middle East war — called the US presence at the event a hostile act.

Two of Trump’s top Middle East advisers — peace envoy Jason Greenblatt and Ambassador to Israel David Friedman — came to the opening of an excavated road that Israeli archaeologists say was used by Jewish pilgrims to Jerusalem two millennia ago.

The “Pilgrims’ Road” site is part of the City of David, an open-air Jewish archaeological attraction open to the public and built within the East Jerusalem district of Silwan through purchases of Palestinian-owned property that have at times been contested in court.

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