“Wake Up Call: Jerusalem Is Not Unified”

Palestinians and Israelis gather on Jerusalem Day to protest against the discriminatory policies in East Jerusalem.

A first of its kind Jerusalem Day protest demonstration took place on Thursday, May 21st, near the entrance to Damascus Gate in the Old City. Hundreds of Jerusalem residents from West and East called on the authorities to end the discriminatory policies in East Jerusalem, under the banner “Wake Up from the Fantasy: Jerusalem is not Unified”. The demonstration, which received extensive media coverage, was organized by ACRI, East Jerusalem neighborhood committees and residents, Shomrei Mishpat – Rabbis for Human Rights, and The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

Coinciding with Jerusalem Unification Day on May 21, The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) published on Tuesday, May 19, two reports that present an alarming picture of systematic discrimination along with routine and deliberate violation of the political, social and economic rights of the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem.

“The State of Human Rights in East Jerusalem 2009: Facts and Figures” [English follows Hebrew and Arabic]

200 Days of Grace: Israeli Policy in East Jerusalem in the Nir Barkat Era [English follows Hebrew]

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Categories: East Jerusalem, Child Rights, Citizenship and Residency, Health and Environment, Planning and Building Rights, Police and Security Guards, Right to Education, The Occupied Territories, The Right to Education, The Right to Equality

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