Activists to IDF: Don’t build military academy in Jerusalem Forest

Amid controversial plans to construct a sprawling IDF military college in the Jerusalem Forest, a consortium of environmentalist groups issued a legal letter on Monday warning the chief of staff that the project must be withdrawn.

The proposed 42,000-square-meter college was initially planned for Mount Scopus, but the project was abruptly shelved, purportedly due to US pressure because it would be beyond the Green Line. When alternative plans were announced last month by the Jerusalem Municipality and IDF to build in the Jerusalem Forest, environmentalists and community leaders throughout the capital denounced the project as destructive to the city’s limited nature reserve.

In a stern letter to IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, attorney Joseph Havilio said on behalf of a Jerusalem Forest preservation group representing over 300,000 residents that the undertaking was unacceptable and must be stopped.


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