Life in Occupied East Jerusalem - by Stephen Lendman
Founded in 1972, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) is the country's leading human and civil rights organization through litigation, legal advocacy, education, and public outreach. In May 2009, it published "The State of Human Rights in East Jerusalem: Fact and Figures," then a follow-up June report titled, "Life in the Garbage: A Status Report of Sanitation Services in East Jerusalem." Both reports are reviewed below.
East Jerusalem by the Numbers
-- based on 2007 data, the Palestinian population numbered 260.5 thousand;
-- 66.8% of families are impoverished, including 74% of children; over 94,000 "live in a perpetual state of poverty;"
-- since occupying the city, Israel expropriated over one-third of its Arab-owned land;
-- by yearend 2007, over 50,000 exclusively Jewish housing units were built on expropriated land, none for Palestinians;
-- during the first half of 2009, the Jerusalem Municipality demolished 21 Palestinian homes, a process that continues relentlessly;