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Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15Palestinians marking the 64 anniversary of al-Nakba (catastrophe) with protests, while Israeli security reacted with conducted arrests campaigns on May 15

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The Jerusalem Center for Social & Economic Rights (JCSER) has accused the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) of adopting a policy of extreme aggression towards Palestinian Jerusalemites as it attempts to collect debts in regard to television licensing.

IBAs teams have been erecting joint checkpoints, in collaboration with the police, at the entrances of Jerusalems Palestinian neighborhoods and at major intersections. The authorities confiscate Palestinian Jerusalemites private vehicles, refusing to release the cars until drivers pay the required television fees. The authorities do not provide advance notice of required fees, or give residents time in which to pay the fees.

A special report published by JCSER stresses that this campaign targets only Palestinian Jerusalemites. Israelis caught by IBAs teams are exempted. Meanwhile, entire Palestinian families have been forced to leave their cars, and then collect money from their friends and relatives before they can pay the required fees and retrieve their vehicles. In other cases, ID cards and driving licenses have been confiscated after car-owners refused to pay the requested fees, as happened yesterday withJCSERs Director General. He was stopped by IBAs teams near the Al-Musrarah Market in Jerusalem and was requested to pay the amount of 4,800 shekels in television fees. However, He did not comply with the request. The team attempted to confiscateJCSER's Directorcar, but he managed to prevent the seizure because the car is not in his name. The authorities resorted to confiscatingJCSER's Director ID card and drivers license until he paid the requested fees.

He described these actions as illegal. The manner in which fees are collected from Palestinian Jerusalemites is like something done by the Mafia. The measures taken against Palestinian Jerusalemites are not applied to their Israeli counterparts in West Jerusalem. The IBA sends special teams to Israeli home-owners, requesting them to pay fees via written notices and within a specified period of time. No violent measures are taken against Israelis, saidJCSER's Director.

Heconfirmed that the Center is in the process of following up this case legally, particularly the way in which fees are collected, in light of the fact that Israeli laws do not entitle government officials or departments to erect ambushes to ensnare people and to confiscate their property in this manner.

The situation is yet another example of the Israeli governments attempts to apply its laws and take actions that far exceed legality - in regard to a population, which lives under military occupation. Israels annexation of Palestinian East Jerusalem remains unrecognized by the international community, including the United States. Palestinian Jerusalemites hold no citizenship in the State of Israel and have no say in the creation of Israels laws.