EU, Germany launch program to ‘Maintain Palestinian Identity’ of Jerusalem

October 14, 2021 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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The European Union and Germany have launched the “East Jerusalem Tourism Development Programme” and inaugurated the Tourism Development Hub in eastern Jerusalem, with the objective of “maintaining the Palestinian identity of the city.”

Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem

The German Development Cooperation is implementing this new program in partnership with “the different components of the Palestinian tourism sector” in eastern Jerusalem, the Office of the European Union Representative stated.

The East Jerusalem Tourism Development Programme aims at “maintaining the Palestinian identity of the city and supporting the tourism sector in East Jerusalem, against the backdrop of a worrying trend of increasing hardship for Palestinian life and economic activity in this part of the city.”

The program “supports a revitalized and vibrant tourism sector that provides great opportunities for Palestine’s private sector, foster economic development and protect the Palestinian culture and heritage in East Jerusalem.”

The EU did not detail in its statements what “Palestinian culture, heritage and identity” it was relating to.

EU representative to the Palestinian Authority Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff claimed that Arabs in Jerusalem face “daily political, economic, and social challenges. Tourism has always been one of the main income-generating activities in the city and helped maintaining the Palestinian presence and identity of the city.”

“Our joint work as Europeans reflects once again the clear and united position of the EU and its Member States with regard to East Jerusalem. For us, East Jerusalem is part of the occupied Palestinian territory and the status of Jerusalem as the future capital for the two states should always be respected and protected,’’ he added.

It is unclear how much the EU and Germany invested in this new project.


2 Responses to “EU, Germany launch program to ‘Maintain Palestinian Identity’ of Jerusalem”
  1. Lynne Newington says:

    Tit for tat……that’s what I envisage….with contested East Jerusalem capital of Israel….and the already Vatican recognition of the statehood of Palestine.

    Always a proverbial pebble in the shoe

    *These painful offenses robs you of focus, causes constant pain.

  2. Eion Isaac says:

    This seems good as it is creative .
    The only worry for Jews is Security because of Palestinians who do not want to live in peace with their Jewish Neighbours and there are Extremists Jews who want to harm Palestinians and worsen bad feelings leading to localised violent conflict .

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