Old Jerusalem Souk (Market)

70% of Jerusalemites’ shops were closed due to accumulated Israeli taxes

PNN/ Jerusalem/

Director of the Jerusalem Center for Economic and Social Rights Ziad Hamouri said that the occupation authorities continue to impose taxes and accumulating debt to the owners, for the goal of displacing them from their city,  adding that  it has already damaged 70% of shops and real estate in Jerusalem.

Over 250 shops were closed in the Old City of Jerusalem because of Israeli taxes on Jerusalem property, as well as the siege, closures and tax evasion of Jerusalemites, Hamouri told Voice of Palestine radio on Sunday morning.

Hamouri added that the identities of 15,000 Jerusalemites have been withdrawn since 1967 until today, pointing out that if the occupation carried out its plan, which is a number of areas outside the borders of Jerusalem such as Kafr Aqab and Shuafat camp, it will deprive 140,000 Jerusalemites of their IDs and properties will be subject to confiscation.