Shu’fat: Forced to pay taxes from behind a checkpoint and wall – in pictures

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by Jenna Bereld and Samar | 19 Dec 2011 | International Solidarity Movement, West Bank

On December 18, 2011 residents of Shu’fat and activists protested against the separation wall in front of the new checkpoint. A certain loss of demonstrators was noted, since thirty-five organizers were arrested yesterday by Israeli policemen in their homes in the Shu’fat refugee camp in the middle of the night.

Forced to pay taxes from behind a wall – Click here for more images

The residents of Shu’fat are Israeli citizens. However, they cannot enjoy the privileges a citizenship normally includes. While the streets in the illegal settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev on the other side of the wall are clean and the municipal services are working, the Shu’fat streets are dirty and waste collection does not exist. Houses taller than two stories are illegal in East Jerusalem, so most houses here have demolition orders.

“All people in Shu’fat must pay taxes to Israel, and still the streets look like a third world country,” one of the demonstrators says.

“They are taking from the poor and give it to the wealthy,” another demonstrator says.

Shu’fat is a neighborhood in the north-east of Jerusalem, though separated from the rest of the city by the eight meters high concrete separation wall. The Palestinian population of 50,000 live more or less imprisoned in the neighborhood, forced to pass through a military checkpoint to reach the rest of Jerusalem. The checkpoint, comprising an observation tower, five stations for armed soldiers to search the cars, and the most recent surveillance technology, was inaugurated last week.

Starting on December 23, there will be weekly demonstrations in Shu’fat after the Friday prayer.

“We will come here to protest every week until this wall has fallen,” promises Jeff Halper from the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

Jenna Bereld and Samar are volunteers with International Solidarity Movement (names have been changed).

The separation barrier, separating Shu'fat from the illegal settlement of Pisgat Ze'ev that can be seen behind the wall. According to a survey presented in the book "Negotiating Jerusalem" (Jerome M. Segal), as many as 57 percent of the Israeli Jews support the statement "In order to ensure a Jewish majority when asked, "Do you support or object to redefining the city limits so that Arab settlements and villages which are now within the borders of Jerusalem (such as Shuafat, Um Tuba, Zur Baher) will be outside the city?" | Photos by Sarah-International Solidarity Movement (2011)

Soldiers told the demonstrators to leave of "security reasons" | Photos by Sarah - International Solidarity Movement (2011)

To travel from Shu'fat to other parts of Jerusalem, everyone has to pass the newly built checkpoint and its armed Israeli occupation forces. | Photos by Sarah - International Solidarity Movement (2011)

The Shu'fat demonstration will from now on take place every week after the Friday prayer | Photos by Sarah - International Solidarity Movement (2011)

After the demonstration, Israeli soldiers entered the village of Shu'fat. The demonstrators told the soldiers to leave and called their presence "nothing but a provocation". | Photos by Sarah-International Solidarity Movement (2011)

Israeli occupation forces in the main street of Shu'fat, after the demonstration - Photos by Sarah - International Solidarity Movement

Young demonstrators stepping on the US flag. | Photos by Sarah-International Solidarity Movement (2011)

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Watch Caught on Camera: Ethnic Cleansing

Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 (updated Dec 3, 2011: 85.000) new homes in the city’s occupied eastern sector over two decades:

  • 23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.
  • 13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.
  • 23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.

Of these, the municipality plans:

  • 10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.
  • 5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.
  • 4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Besides this, Israel approved plans to ethnic cleanse 57.000 bedouin from Palestine

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