Press Releases

Knesset Committee Recommends Expanding Israel Antiquities Authority Oversight into Area C of the West Bank

Minister of Heritage and Jerusalem Affairs allocated an additional 10 million NIS to protecting ancient sites in Area C. Knesset’s Education Committee recommends government consider expanding remit of the Israel...

High Court instructs State to Clarify Position on Cable Car Following Transport Minister’s Opposition to the Plan

In what was slated to be the final High Court hearing today on the controversial cable car project, the High Court has given the state 21 days to explain its...

Master plan approved for Nabi Samuel archaeological/holy site north of Jerusalem

Following a decade of deliberations, objections and slight changes to the plan, the Civil Administration’s Supreme Planning Committee approved the plan for the development of the archaeological and holy site...

Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage to the High Court of Justice: This Ministry is Responsible Exclusively for Jewish Heritage

Following the publication of discriminatory criteria for budgeting heritage sites, the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage claimed that it is solely entrusted with the conservation of Zionist heritage and sites...

Petition to the High Court of Justice: The State Must Conserve and Allocate Budgets for Non-Jewish Heritage Sites in Israel

Emek Shaveh demanded that criteria be established for budget allocations that may also apply to non-Jewish heritage sites. In response, the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage claimed that the Heritage Department is...

The High Court Issues Order Nisi Against State for Cable Car to Jerusalem’s Old City

The order includes 5 clauses which pose serious legal challenges for the developers (the State). The order suggests that the court has recognized the position of Emek Shaveh and other organizations regarding the irregular planning and...

Response to the Destruction of Antiquities at the Iron Age Site of Mount Ebal/el-Burnat

We decry the destruction of all antiquities, including the destruction of the outer wall of the site at Mount Ebal * The association of the site at Mount Ebal with...

Minister of Heritage Initiates a Plan with Severe Consequences for Palestinians in Area C

In the midst of a serious economic crisis and a provisional government, the Minister of Jerusalem and Heritage transferred 24 million shekels on Monday to local councils in the West...

Petition by Emek Shaveh and Palestinians against plan to build lift at Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron has been Rejected

On November 19th, the Judea and Samarea central Planning Committee rejected petitions by Emek Shaveh and Palestinian residents of Hebron against the plan to build a lift for disabled people...

Civil Administration Approves Construction Plan for Lift at Tomb of the Patriarchs

and Acknowledges that the Civil Administration’s Staff Officer for Archaeology was not Involved in the Planning Process Following pressure from Defence Minister Benny Gantz, the Civil Administration Planning Committee approved...