Municipal Services


The uneven distribution of services between East and West Jerusalem is well known. The Jerusalem municipality collects around 30 percent of the municipal taxes in East Jerusalem from Palestinian residents. However, less than 10 percent of its budget is returned back to them in the form of municipal services. Accumulated over the years since 1967, it amounts to huge and unjust differences in public service and living standard between East and West Jerusalem.

Factual statement

Structural discrimination against the Palestinian population in East Jerusalem is reflected in municipal budget and services. The following table shows the differences in the budget allocated to the Eastern and Western part of the city, and the number of employees.

Comparison of Allocation of Municipal budgets for 2001-2002 to West and East Jerusalem:

The Israeli government and Municipality have done little to reduce the gap between East and West. The gap in services has been maintained in spite of what is stated in the Israeli law and municipal and government policies as mentioned above. The garbage removal service, the state of the roads and sidewalks, street lighting and sewage are all far inferior in East Jerusalem compared to the Jewish side.

Some examples to show the differences



The Municipality presented the following data on the East-West gap in 1999:
  • There were 743 inhabitants per kilometre sewage pipe in West compared to 2,809 in East;

  • There were 690 inhabitants per kilometre of sidewalk in West compared to 2,917 in East;

  • There were 710 inhabitants per kilometre of road in West compared to 2,448 in East;

  • There were 1,079 public gardens in West compared to 29 in East;

  • There were 36 swimming pools in West compared to 0 in East;

  • There were 531 sport facilities in West compared to 33 in East;

  • There were 26 libraries in West compared to 2 in East;

  • There were 1,451 playgrounds in West compared to 2 in East.


The East Jerusalem Palestinians make up 32 percent of the city's population, but received less than ten percent of the municipal budget. In the national budget their share is even smaller. In 1995, they received less than one percent (NIS 1.5 million) of the NIS 175 million allocated by the government to Jerusalem. Most of this money directed to a new highway that ran through a Palestinian neighbourhood, but which would serve large numbers of Jewish settlers.

The total amount of money spent in East Jerusalem was NIS 229,475,277 in the year 2000. This is 8.7 percent of the total municipal budget, which was NIS 2,640,320,000. This means that the Jerusalem Municipality spends about six times more on its Jewish population in comparison to its Palestinian population. Accumulated over the years since 1967, it amounts to huge and unjust differences in public services between East and West Jerusalem.