Mount of Olives Touristic Center

The Mount of Olives, which is one of the highlight of Jerusalem, is one of the most neglected and chaotic neighborhoods in the city. In order to improve it the Municipality declared the road from South to North of this narrow edge mount, as the “The Promenade of Mount of Olives”. The only project which was promoted there was the initiative of a Palestinian who rented there a substantial piece of land from the “Awqaf” – The High Muslim Council, to build a combined project of touristic, commercial and public accommodations. The difficulties we faced to approve the project at the authorities’ commissions were long, frustrating and vain. Finally, all lost the will and hope to cope with the project. It remained on the paper and the land remained chaotic, dirty and a disturbance to ecology, aesthetics and urban quality of life. What a pity…