Decade behind Jerusalem's separation wall

Israeli civil rights NGO sends a letter to Netanyahu saying state 'abandoned' residents beyond the wall

Decade behind Jerusalem's separation wall

World Bulletin / News Desk

After a decade since separation wall was constructed in Jerusalem, it appears that the state and municipality have broken almost all their promises to the tens of thousands of Israelis left on the eastern side of the fence. 

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel in a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote that ten years passed since Sharon's government decided to minimize the disruption in the lives of the residents east of the fence "was marked by systematically breaking all the government's commitments."

The organization accused the state of Israel of neglecting basic human rights of the entire population and described the government's actions as "criminal negligence" and "abandonment" of the residents beyond the wall. 

"The government's policy has turned the neighborhoods into a no man's land, in which nobody is interested and for which nobody is responsible," two Israeli attorneys said. 

In July 2005, Sharon's government made a decision to build a separation wall that "did not intend" to disrupt the lives of the Palestinians residents, most of whom are Israeli citizens, on the eastern side of it. 

The cabinet tasked the government ministries and Jerusalem municipality to ensure continued health, education, infrastructure, municipal and government services to the people beyond the wall, in the neighborhoods of Ras Khamis, Ras Skhada, Hashalom, Kfar Akav, Semiramis and the Shoafat refugee camp. But practically none of this was carried out.

For example, no new schools, clinics or hospital branches opened beyond the wall, no branches of the transportation, labor or interior ministries operate there, no roads or infrastructure were built, no access for emergency vehicles was provided into the neighborhoods, no hotline for municipal services was set up at the roadblocks as promised, the waiting time at the roadblocks wasn’t shortened, and on and on.

In addition, the garbage in the neighborhoods beyond the wall is only partially collected and there is no supervision on construction, which has led to rampant illegal building. These buildings were quickly inhabited by poor people who could not afford to live anywhere else and the population has multiplied. As a result, the water and sewage systems have collapsed, there is a severe shortage of public buildings, schools and classrooms and the traffic is clogged.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Ağustos 2015, 16:32