Khan Al-Umdan was built in 1874 and is one of the largest and best preserved Khans in Palestine. It sits in the centre of the coastal city of Akka which is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre designated as such in 2001. The proposals by the Israel Land Authority (ILA) and the Israel Ministry of Tourism to issue a commercial tender to convert Khan Al-Umdan into a 200 room luxury hotel (under the guise of maintaining and conserving the site) is but a slap in the face of heritage conservation in Akka.
The call for Tenders was dated 7 October, 2013 and the deadline for submission of all commercial bids is 6 January 2014.
Khan Al-Umdan must be maintained, preserved and left untouched by greedy commercial development plans.
We call upon all responsible people and conservationists to raise their voice and to demand a stop to this land grab.