There is approval: The Cave of the Patriarchs accessibility project is underway


After lengthy discussions and following the guidance of Defense Minister Bnei Gantz, today (Tuesday) the subcommittee for planning and licensing in the Civil Administration approved the building permit in favor of promoting the Cave of the Patriarchs accessibility project.

This is an important humanitarian project, which aims to enable people with disabilities to reach the Cave of the Patriarchs. The project will include the construction of an elevator near the Cave of the Patriarchs building as well as an access path that will allow people with disabilities to ascend from the parking lot to the site plaza. The accessibility program was designed by a dedicated professional team, while maintaining a high professional standard of accessibility and giving weight to the engineering, religious and archeological complexity of the site.

As you may recall, many months ago, an expropriation order was issued by the Ministry of Defense, which removed the authority over the Cave of the Patriarchs from the Hebron Municipality. Before receiving approval for the project, two objections were filed – one, from the left-wing organization “Emek Shaveh” and the other, from the mayor of Hebron, a terrorist who was convicted of murdering six Jews.

After all the objections were rejected and the deadline for submitting new objections expired, the planning committee convened on Thursday to discuss the project and tonight, as stated, it announced that the project had been approved. It is not yet known when a tender will be issued for the company that will build the elevator and the access path.

MK Katie Sheetrit (Likud) welcomed the Civil Administration’s decision to approve the plan to make the Cave of the Patriarchs accessible: “Dawn of a new day in Hebron. All the obstacles. As someone who follows the issue closely, I will continue to follow until the actual accessibility of the second site in its sanctity to the Jewish people. “

B’Tselem also congratulated the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense on the decision: “This is a historic day for human rights, a day when human rights are established for everyone, including the residents of Judea and Samaria. Freedom of worship and accessibility are among the cornerstones of the Basic Law of Human Dignity and Liberty.”

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