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Today: Aug 20, 2017

Raising Arnona Municipal Tax is One Way of Emptying the City of its Original Inhabitants

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In light of the current difficult economic situation, the Arnona Municipal Tax imposed by the West Jerusalem Municipality has become a huge burden on the Arab merchants and house-owners in East Jerusalem, following the relative increase in the Arnona tax imposed early 2009.

Despite the high amounts of Arnona taxes earned from the Arab residents of East Jerusalem by the Jerusalem Municipality, the quality of services provided are poor, non-existent. The increase in the Arnona tax this year came in an unsuitable time, due to the difficult economic situation and the recent economic recession, says Abu Khalaf, grocery-owner.

Walid Abu Zeid called on merchants to unite together in order to cancel the Arnona tax completely in accordance with the international laws that prevent collection of taxes from citizens under occupation. He emphasized the importance of reclassifying the areas in Jerusalem. Following Israels occupation of East Jerusalem in June 1967, it classified the Old City and its surroundings as area A, while West Jerusalem as area C & E. The classification remains unchanged. The services provided by the Jerusalem Municipality are the opposite of what is required, he added.

Mr. Abu Zeid noted that the commercial situation of the merchants in East Jerusalem has been complicated with Israels construction of the Apartheid Wall around Jerusalem and the surrounding neighborhoods.

JCSERs Director General, confirmed that the Israeli plans during the past years have been completed with the closure of Jerusalem with the Apartheid Wall and its separation from the West Bank & Gaza Strip.

Henoted that the coming years will be more difficult for the Arab residents of East Jerusalem due to Israels practices and measures aiming at emptying the city of its original inhabitants. Many who suffer from accumulated Arnona tax debts approach the Center seeking legal assistance. He noted that the Arnona problem is not less dangerous than the problem of the ID card confiscation, all of which aim to Judaize the city.