Conserving Nature in Jerusalem

16 August 2023

Jewish and Arab residents of the city of Jerusalem won a significant victory last week. The city had planned to build a police station in what is known as the “Hill of the Lupines,” but after a public outcry, construction has been halted by authorities and the station will be built elsewhere. A new police station would have severely damaged the urban nature site, especially the blue lupine flowers, which otherwise bloom there every spring. The hill also overlooks various historical sites, such as Herodion, the Dead Sea, the Judean Desert, the Temple Mount and parts of western Jerusalem. Grantees of the Sheli Fund, NIF’s environmental arm, were the organizing force behind this –  specifically the Commissioner’s Palace Ridge Action Committee.