The city is gearing up to install a new set of subway tiles that are made from hand-made ceramic.
The tiles are being installed in a park near the old Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and will be used to replace tiles from a previous subway line in the city’s East Jerusalem neighborhood.
The new tiles will be installed in the area around the Old City, a residential area between the old city walls and the Jerusalem Zoo, the Jerusalem Municipality said in a statement on Thursday.
“The new tile sets are expected to be installed by 2020, and by 2021 will replace the existing subway tile sets that were demolished by the Israeli occupation,” the statement said.
The city has also planned to upgrade the existing tile sets at the old al-Ajsa Mosque in East Jerusalem, which was demolished in 2000, and in the new Al-Quds mosque complex in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
The Jerusalem Municipalities’ plan comes as Israel is planning to upgrade several existing subway lines and pave new ones in East and West Jerusalem, where a large number of Palestinians live.
Last month, the Israeli government ordered the demolition of the al-Qazzm Mosque in Gaza City and other Muslim holy sites in the territory.
Palestinians and the international community have condemned Israel’s decision to demolish the mosques and said it could further isolate the Palestinian population in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Palestina leader Mahmoud Abbas called on Palestinians to boycott Israeli products and shops in the territories.