Jerusalem Legal Aid Condemns Decision that IOF Handle Civilian Matters to all Palestinian Neighborhoods
- Published on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 09:13
On Wednesday, 25th July, Jerusalem Legal Aid expresses its concern over the request made by the Jerusalem municipality director-general to request the IOF to take responsibility for handling civilian matters to all Palestinian neighborhoods within the municipal borders but outside the borders of the Apartheid Wall, inhabited by no less than 60 thousands.
Residents of these areas are obliged tax payers but have suffered the lack or the absence of municipal services to discriminatory proportions. Jerusalem Legal Aid is currently monitoring the municipality's adherence to a court ordered issued on 26/6/2012 obliging it to enhance its services in such areas since the municipality's approach shows serious patterns of ethnic discrimination.
Jerusalem Legal Aid urges the occupying power not to use the humanitarian needs of the occupied Palestinian inhabitants of these areas to impose new facts on the ground and jeopardize their political status in the city.
It also reminds the municipality that Israeli authorities have a duty under International Humanitarian Law (IHL) to attend to the occupied population's basic needs and to respect their right to adequate housing.