Remember how the pro-Israeli propagandists have been telling us forever that Jerusalem is now “unified”, and that adherents of all religions have “equal rights” and “equal access” there?
These claims are deeply mendacious. Jerusalem has been “unified” since 1967 only in the sense that that was the year that the Israeli military occupied the eastern portion of the city and brought it, like West Jerusalem, under the de facto control of the Israeli national and municipal authorities.
No other government in the world recognizes the legitimacy of the unilateral Anschluss (annexation) of East Jerusalem that the Israeli Knesset enacted that year. From the international-law point of view, Jerusalem is not in any sense “unified”.
And it is not “unified” in any socioeconomic sense, either. For 42 years now, municipal and other social services have been offered to the city’s residents in a way that has discriminated very deeply, and on a systematic basis, against those 30% of them who are Palestinians, whether Muslim or Christian.
And so, today, we come to an article in Haaretz that tells us:
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Thursday rejected municipal recommendations and cut funding for a toddler health-care center in East Jerusalem, while approving aid to a similar center in a Jewish neighborhood.
The funds would have gone to opening a branch of the “Drop of Milk” (Tipat Halav) program, which provides prenatal and toddler health-care services in Silwan, an Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem.
Last year, authorities from the Jerusalem municipal offices recommended to the mayor to open the aid center in Silwan, which would service around 100,000 residents.
Authorities also recommended opening a similar center in a Jewish neighborhood that is home to around 7,000 residents.
During discussions on the 2010 budget, Barkat decided to cut the aid that would open the center in Silwan while simultaneously approving the aid to open the same center in a Jewish neighborhood.