Gaza, ALRAY - One-third of the Palestinian homes in occupied Jerusalem risk demolition under the pretext that they were built without a building permit, Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights said Thursday in a report.
Israel’s demographic war against Palestinians in the Holy City continues with allocating only 13 % of the area of occupied east Jerusalem for Palestinians to meet the needs of their growing population, said the human rights group.
The group added that the Israeli settlement activity in Jerusalem is takes toll, as the financial committee of (Israel)’s Jerusalem municipality approved a financial support for 1,500 new housing units in late August.
Euro-Mid pointed out that Israeli bulldozers started razing homes in al-Tur neighborhood in the same month to establish the "Israeli National Park".
The report quoted figures from the United Nations (UN) indicating an increase by 12% in poverty rates among Palestinian population in Jerusalem, as 2006’s rate of 62% rose to 78% by 2012.
The rise in poverty rates has had “More than 40% of Palestinian Jerusalemites now live below the poverty line,” according to UN.
Euro-Mid said the international agency attributed deteriorated poverty rates to the high unemployment rates, as well as the discrimination in wages between Palestinian and Israeli workers.