PSC have produced a Jerusalem factsheet which provides information about the history of Jerusalem, Israel’s illegal settlement activity, the eviction of Palestinians and demolition of their homes and Israel’s discriminatory laws.
The EU Heads of Missions reported on these issues in 2005 and stated that
“Israel’s main motivation is almost certainly demographic – to reduce the Palestinian population of Jerusalem, while is exerting efforts to boost the number of Jewish Israelis living in the city – East and West.”
Israel’s master plan for Jerusalem produced in 2010. The Israeli authorities have openly admitted they do not want the Palestinian population to rise above 30% of Jerusalem’s population.
UN OCHA have produced a new humanitarian update on East Jerusalem. You can read it here>.
The UN report that:
- Around 293,000 Palestinians currently reside in East Jerusalem, in addition to 200,000 Israeli settlers who reside in the settlements which have been constructed and expanded since 1967, contrary to international law (end of 2011, ICBS).
- Approximately 4 million Palestinians from the remainder of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) are prohibited from entering East Jerusalem without Israeli-issued permits, which are difficult to obtain.
- Access to East Jerusalem is controlled by a combination of physical and administrative obstacles. Palestinians who are able to obtain permits can only use four of the 16 checkpoints along the Barrier.
- Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem lack a secure legal residency status. Between 1967 and mid-2010, around 14,000 Palestinians had their Jerusalem residency revoked by the Israeli authorities.
- Approximately 55,000 Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem are physically separated from the urban centre by the Barrier; they must cross crowded checkpoints to access health, education and other services to which they are entitled as residents of Jerusalem.
- 35% of land in East Jerusalem has been confiscated for Israeli settlement use; only 13% of East Jerusalem is zoned for Palestinian construction, much of which is already built-up.
- At least 33% of all Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem lack Israeli-issued building permits, which are difficult to obtain, potentially placing at least 93,100 residents at risk of displacement, which has a psychological impact. Since 1967, the Israeli authorities have demolished some 2,000 houses in East Jerusalem.
- Several hundred Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem are at risk of forced displacement due to settler activities, particularly in the Old City, Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah.
- There is a chronic shortage of classrooms in East Jerusalem: 1,100 additional classrooms are required to accommodate Palestinian children and many existing facilities are substandard or unsuitable.
Read more in our Jerusalem factsheet