Thanks to the tremendous efforts made by the International Committee of the Red Cross in regaining Nablus Municipality heavy lifts (2 baggers track and one Bulldozer Trucks). During the road constructions, using the heavy lifts, at the bypass road located in the northern mountain within the boundaries of Nablus municipality, the said heavy lifts were confiscated by the Israeli forces last May 2020. This incident caused an obstruction on on this vital project, that the Municipality seeks to implement to serve the expansion of the city and solve the traffic jam in the main streets.
As part of the rehabilitation of public squares project in the Old City, the Engineering Department (the Old City Unit) recently started to rehabilitate one of the public squares located in the Old City, namely al-Toubani Square near "Hosh Asfour" in Western Nasr Street. The project includes rehabilitating three public squares through tiling works, providing seating benches for families, planting trees, and installing games for children, so that these squares become a recreational areas for the use of local community in the Old City. This project is being implemented in cooperation and coordination with Welfare Association.
The agreement was signed between Welfare Association and Sheikh Amre Arafat Foundation (the incubator for the Nablus Image Initiative) to establish AlBayyara Park on top of Eibal Mountain in Nablus.
Welfare Association was represented by the Director General Mrs. Yara Al-Salem, and Eng. Naseer Arafat, Chairman of the Administrative Board of Sheikh Amr Arafat Foundation, in the presence of Nablus Mayor Eng. Sameeh Tubaila, and a number of council members, Mr. Munib Al-Masry, Honorary President of the Welfare Association, Mr. Nejad Ghannam, Businessman Zahi Anabtawi, representatives of the "Nablus Image" initiative, and members of the Arafat Foundation.
Mayor Tubaila said that the municipality support such project, allocated a piece of land owned by the municipality for this purpose. He added that the aim is to increase green areas in the city and develop its urban landscape. Mr. Tubaila expressed his gratitude to the Welfare Association and Nablus Image initiative who contributed to the development of the city in various fields.
Dr. Makram Abbas, a council member, indicated the municipal council’s interest in all community initiatives that contribute to the development of the urban landscape of the city, and the development of public parks for citizens. Mr. Iyad Anabtawi stated that the principle of partnership with community participation was the motivation and catalyst for the completion of this project.
For her part, Mrs. Yara Al-Salem expressed thanks and appreciation for all partners involved in this project, tressing that the Cooperation Institution will continue for serving the Palestinian community and increase special grants to support various vital sectors.
For his part, Eng. Naseer Arafat appreciated the great efforts made by the members of the Nablus Image Initiative for their initiative to establish a park to develop Al-Sariyah site, thanking the Welfare Association and Nablus Municipality for such generous contribution.
Eng. Zahi Anabtawi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Arz Company and a representative of the donors said that the contribution of the donors comes within the social responsibility that all those who participated in supporting this project, and in terms of its national symbolism and societal importance.
Eng. Tubaila emphasized that the Palestinian people have a deep-rooted historical relationship with the Jordanian people, expressed hisppreciation to the Jordanian government, represented by his royal highness king Abdullah and people for their honorable support to the Palestinian cause, of which was demonstrated by the Jordanian position in condemnation the decision to annex the Jordan Valley by the Israeli occupation.
The ceremony of this event took place in the presence of the Governor of Nablus, Major General Ibrahim Ramadan, Omar Hashem, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Jordanian Ambassador Muhammad Abu Wandi, and Shaher Saad, Secretary General of the Palestine Trade Union Federation, leaders of the security services, and a number of official and private institutions and members of the municipal council.
The Memorial of the Martyrs includes the graves of a number of martyrs in the Jordanian army who fought against Zionist occupation during 1948 war.