OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Jerusalem center for social and economic rights said the economic situation in the occupied eastern part of Jerusalem has been the worst ever since its occupation.
In a press interview with the Palestinian information center (PIC), director of the center Ziyad Hamouri stated that this situation was not a coincidence, but planned by the Israeli occupation regime which started its impoverishment scheme in the holy city with movement restrictions, barriers and then walls.
Hamouri affirmed that the Israeli economic blockade on east Jerusalem weakened the purchasing power in the city greatly and affected the Palestinian tourism sector.
He warned that the economic pressure by Israel on the natives in the holy city is aimed at ethnically cleansing it.
The human rights activist also pointed out to Israeli reports that said the poverty line in east Jerusalem is estimated at 80 percent.
This means, he added, that the demographic war of decreasing the Arab population to less than 12 percent which the Israeli regime declared may get results.
In addition to that, he said, there are more than 20,000 demolition orders against Palestinian homes in the holy city, and the Palestinian authority’s pledges about economic prosperity and foreign investments have always been airy words.
The director of Jerusalemite center also noted that statistics had stated two years ago that there were more than 250 shops closed permanently by the Israeli occupation authority in the old city of Jerusalem, and many more have been shut down ever since.
He highlighted as well the policy of daily fines and raids pursued by the IOA against Jerusalemite storekeepers to force them to leave their stores and the city.
Such situation and many other Israeli restrictions had made the Jerusalemite storekeepers and merchants see no prospect for their survival the holy city, he warned.
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