I took the picture on the left in a Palestinian village in (East) Jerusalem; the picture on the right from a Jewish neighborhood in (West) Jerusalem. Even though both places are currently under Israeli control—Israel considers all of Jerusalem to be its unified and eternal capital, contrary to international law—Palestinian neighborhoods in the city do not receive municipal services. There is almost no trash collection, there are not many sidewalks, and many roads are unpaved. Ambulances will not enter East Jerusalem without a police escort, endangering the health and lives of Palestinians who need medical care.
Palestinians living in Jerusalem pay more taxes on average than Israelis – when traveling through Israeli checkpoints, border control will often threaten to impound Palestinian’s cars unless they’ve paid all their taxes, bills, fines, etc.
Additionally, even though Palestinians are roughly 40% of Jerusalem’s population, they areonly allocated 10% of the city’s municipal budget.
We’re not even talking about discriminatory policies the state of Israel practices within Palestine—we’re talking about people living in the same city under the same state that are not treated the same.
Separate ≠ Equal
This is a snippet from one of our members’ summer visit to Palestine. Continue reading this full piece and others at Postcards from Palestine.