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Today: Nov 24, 2017

JCSER Calls On Citizens to Approach its Legal Unit

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JCSER Accuses Jerusalem Municipality and Israeli Police of Imposing Fines on Citizens and Merchants Illegally

JCSER accused the West Jerusalem Municipality (WJM) and the Israeli police of practicing further economic pressures on Palestinian merchants and citizens in East Jerusalem through the campaigns launched against private and public vehicles, and of reducing theareas designed for parking citizens and merchants' vehicles in front of their houses and shops and in the yards of commercial compounds in the city.

The raid campaigns launched by the Jerusalem Municipality and Israeli police against shops, the confiscation of vehicles, and the imposition of fines on vehicle owners exacerbated the economic suffering of merchants and citizens, given the forcible collection of taxes, such as the 'Arnona municipal tax' and 'income tax', raiding shops and confiscating goods and products.

The outcomes of the raid campaigns carried out by the Jerusalem Municipality and police, the confiscation of vehicles and the imposition of fines on vehicle owners over the past few months have been estimated at millions of shekels. Palestinian merchants have severely been affected by reducing the parking lot areas, and citizens endured huge loses as a result of the fines imposed on their vehicles, ranging between 250 and 500 shekels per fine.

JCSER accused the work mechanism adopted by the Jerusalem Municipality in regard to the collection of parking fees imposed on vehicle owners. They are forced to approach the post office in Salah Eldeen Street to buy special cards, unlike the system adopted in West Jerusalem where special machines have been placed in the parking lots where vehicle owners can buy parking tickets.

Many citizens who parked their cars and approached the post office to buy parking tickets returned to find out that they have been fined double fines: one by the Jerusalem Municipality and another by the police.

JCSER's legal unit has recently begun collecting data on the volume of fines and fees collected from Jerusalemite citizens in an illegal manner. It will approach the court to retrieve the fees and to cancel the fines which were imposed on citizens because of the discriminatory system adopted in East Jerusalem.

JCSER's legal unit estimated the amount of fines imposed on Jerusalemite citizens and merchants at hundreds of thousands of shekels.

JCSER's Director General, called on citizens who have been affected by the Jerusalem Municipality's measures to approach the Center's legal unit and to provide it with the fines in order to be followed up. He noted that the way in which Jerusalemite citizens are dealt with constitute a violation of the law and are not applied in West Jerusalem.

East Jerusalem's share of municipal services are just fines and inspection, which means that the Israelis themselves reinforce the separation between East & West Jerusalem, thus violating what they claim that Jerusalem is a united city.