The streets and alleys of Silwan expose the discriminatory policy of the Jerusalem Municipality – in pictures

Sunday, 15 January, 2012 | 00:39

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC)

Residents of Silwan are committed tax payers. Those who don’t pay tax are punished according to Israeli law.  However, Silwan is considered the most neglected village in East Jerusalem , suffering from bad odor and insects in the summer and from the continuous collapse of streets and walls due to the construction of tunnels and excavations claiming to search for ruins in the winter. Because of this, the streets and alleys turn into pools when it rains. Residents of Silwan know that when it rains, they will need to change their clothes when returning home because they will be soaked by the pools that have formed. Nearby Israeli neighborhoods such as Abu Tour, or other neighborhoods in Western Jerusalem , don’t suffer from the same problems. On the contrary, in these neighborhoods rain water drains easily, not forming pools as it does in Silwan or other Arab neighborhoods. This is because in Western Jerusalem the Municipality maintains the sewage infrastructure very well, while Silwan and other Arab neighborhoods, which are lower than Israeli neighborhoods, are neglected.

Source and more at the Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem.

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