Analysis Paper: Implications of the “Silicon Wadi” Plan – the Planned High-Tech Hub for Wadi Joz

Over the past two years, the Jerusalem municipality has been promoting TPS 977694 - the Wadi Joz Business Park plan--known by the municipality’s preferred branding, “Silicon Wadi." The plan calls for the establishment of a major high-tech hub along the western side of East Jerusalem’s Wadi Joz neighborhood in place of its current commercial and industrial center. While the plan has been initiated for the ostensible benefit of East Jerusalem Palestinians, it will require the eviction and demolition of current Palestinian businesses, possible land expropriations, and potentially lead to the Israelization of the area through the arrival of Israeli companies and employees. There is likewise speculation that the plan's intent is to ultimately create a link on the northeastern edge of the growing settlement ring around the Old City Basin.

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