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Today: Dec 16, 2017

JCSER Condemns Closure of Palestinian Institutions in East Jerusalem

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JCSER Condemns Closure of Palestinian Institutions in East Jerusalem

 

Over the past 24 hours, Israeli police have closed down the offices of the Community Development Society, and the Social Research Center, a Palestinian social institution based in the Wadi Al-Joz neighborhood of Occupied Jerusalem, citing security reasons, in accordance with two decisions signed by Israeli Internal Minister, Uzi Landau.

 

 

The closure of the Community Development Society is for 15 days, renewable for another six months, while the closure of the Social Research Center is for six months. The two institutions were broken into by Israeli police two months ago, and on the second day of Eid Al-Adha, and documents and papers were confiscated.

The Jerusalem Center for Social & Economic Rights (JCSER) has followed-up the Israeli attack on Jerusalemite institutions with concern, given that they coincided with the appointment of a new mayor known for his extremism and obstinacy.

 

 

He began his new position by issuing a demolition order for a two-story building in Beit Safafa, south of Occupied Jerusalem. These measures follow others taken against ten Palestinian institutions in mid-2001, including Orient House. The number of institutions, which have been forcibly closed down, has risen to 15.In this context, the Center strongly condemns these racist measures, which aim, first and foremost, to judaize the Holy City, its institutions, and its residents, by undermining the Arab presence in Occupied Jerusalem. The Center wishes to highlight a number of points:

 

  • It calls on the Israeli authorities to retract their decision to close down the Social Research Center and the Community Development Society, and to re-open other closed institutions;
  • The closure of active institutions, which provide social services to East Jerusalems Arab residents, is a grave violation of citizens social and economic rights, and contravenes international conventions and laws. It also breaches Israels commitments with regard to respecting Palestinian institutions, as stipulated by former foreign minister Shimon Peres to his Norwegian counterpart, the late Holst, on the eve of signing the Oslo Agreements;
  • The closure of Palestinian institutions causes severe harm to Palestinian Jerusalemites at a time when they are already suffering from the racist, discriminatory polices adopted by Israeli institutions;
  • The Center regards these measures as part of an Israeli policy aimed at suppressing the humanitarian and national aspirations of the Palestinian people, and their right to achieve independence and liberation;
  • The Center is surprised by the timing of these measures, which coincided with Israels acknowledgment of an increase in poverty and unemployment rates among Palestinians in East Jerusalem, and a decrease in the quality of services provided to them;
  • The Center calls on the international community to demonstrate responsibility toward Israels ongoing campaign to judaize the Holy City, its institution and its residents, and take practical steps to confront these repressive measures.