Palestinian Authority to Provide Financial and Legal Assistance to Jerusalem Arabs with Illegal Buildings | The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com | Baruch Yedid / GST | 3 Adar I 5782 – February 3, 2022

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The Arab neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem, Ras el Amud, also called Ma’ale Zeitim.

The Palestinian Authority said Wednesday that it attaches extraordinary importance to strengthening “the position of the Palestinians” in Jerusalem and will provide its Arab residence with economic and legal support for “the preservation of Palestinian assets and presence in the city. in the face of the unprecedented Israeli crisis”. attack on the Arab presence in the city.

Legal aid will be directed to families whose illegal homes have been demolished due to lack of building permits and to those facing eviction or demolition orders. They will receive free legal advice, funded by the PA, to petition against the demolition of houses, assistance in obtaining building permits and advice in the field of technical planning before obtaining permits.

To date, the PA has provided NIS 3.6 million in emergency aid to 137 families whose homes are threatened with demolition. The PA government, through its legal team, is following up more than 2,000 lawsuits against East Jerusalemites in the courts. The number of cases is increasing at the rate of 60 new cases per month, according to the AP.

Palestinian Authority institutions claimed legal achievements, including the freezing of demolition orders for dozens of houses and the overhaul of neighborhood projects that led to the freezing of the demolition of hundreds of houses.

“Dozens of eviction orders from homes in different neighborhoods of Jerusalem have been frozen and we have managed to handle a number of cases related to the issue of ownership and the seizure of real estate due to bankruptcy” , the AP said in a statement. declaration.

The government will also fund an increase in the number of lawyers working to protect prisoners in East Jerusalem.

Economic aid will be directed primarily to merchants in the east of the city and to support civic institutions that provide services to the population in the areas of education, health, culture, women and the youth.

“The Jerusalem district is considered a development area for the promotion of projects,” the AP said. About 20% of Arab and Islamic aid funds have been allocated to fund projects in Jerusalem and these will be implemented over the coming year.

An amount of $2.25 million will be allocated for loans on favorable terms, electricity bill payments of 8 million shekels for 1,452 merchants in the Old City for 2020 and 2021 will be paid by the government, and the government will transfer a $1,000 grant to 330 traders after 882 of them have already received the grant.

The PA government has instructed the Endowments Ministry, the Waqf, to lease 60 dunams of endowment land to the Fatah-affiliated Chamber of Commerce in Jerusalem for power generation using solar panels to provide electricity at reduced prices to traders in the old town.

The PA government has also decided to allocate NIS 16.5 million to help in other areas of East Jerusalem. “To date, the government has spent a total of NIS 12 million for emergency purposes,” the statement said.

During the PA cabinet meeting in November, a series of assistance programs were established for Arab residents of East Jerusalem in the areas of education, housing, security, energy and infrastructure development. The PA government has decided to provide NIS 96 million in aid to villages and local authorities in the Jerusalem district with the aim of developing infrastructure and establishing branches of its offices in the district.

In the field of education, the PA decided to create schools in the east of the city at a cost of 20 million dollars, including two vocational schools. In the area of ​​housing, it was agreed to establish housing associations and $2 million in aid and approvals for land acquisition and transfer transactions.

The government also decided to strengthen the security system and public order in light of the deteriorating sense of security in East Jerusalem and the increase in crime. In the field of energy, he pledged to install solar stations in Bedouin communities in the Jerusalem region, to install electrical transformers in Al-Azaria at a cost of 15 million dollars.

The government has also pledged to start planning the Qalandiya road, which aims to ease the transportation crisis between Jerusalem and Ramallah. The cost of planning is 22 million NIS.

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