Final deliberations commence on controversial east Jerusalem archeology center

The National Planning and Building Committee commenced final deliberations this week over the fate of the controversial Kedem Center, a proposed archeological facility that will sit atop the Givat Parking Lot excavation site adjacent to the Old City, in east Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood.

Located south of Dung Gate, the center will house archeological discoveries from ancient Jerusalem and serve as the planned entryway for visitors to the Jerusalem Walls National Park, which includes the City of David and Mount Zion, as well as to the Ophel and the Hulda Gates.
Despite a petition filed against the center’s construction by a left-wing NGO, the project was approved by both the Jerusalem Local and Regional Planning and Building Committees, and has received widespread support from scholars and public officials in a joint letter.


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