A new settlement plan in Haifa threatens a historic church with extinction

Occupied Jerusalem, SANA- The Israeli occupation authorities announced Wednesday evening a new settlement plan in the city of Haifa, inside the occupied Palestinian territories of 1948.

Wafa News Agency said that the new settlement plan aims to destroy the identity of a historical church in Haifa and hide its features by setting up double-storey buildings in its surroundings, which leads to the church losing its ancient buildings and to its extinction.

“We rejected the scheme three times over the past two years because of its threat to the historic Maronite Church, which is one of the most important historical and cultural monuments and sanctities in Haifa” Orwa Sweitat, a member of the Historic Buildings Preservation Committee, said.

Last March, the Israeli occupation authorities announced a settlement plan in the Negev region in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948 with the aim of seizing more Palestinian lands to establish new settlements and expand others established in the aforementioned area.

Baraa Ali / Mazen Eyon

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