The Palestinian Authority is strengthening its grip on eastern Jerusalem, carrying out a policy of “creeping annexation” right under Israel's nose, a prominent activist for Jerusalem has discovered.
Israel recently denied a PA request
to formally celebrate the completion of renovation work on a school in eastern Jerusalem, at a cost of millions of shekels. PA “Prime Minister” Salam Fayyad was scheduled to attend the ceremony but after Israel shot down the idea, he had to change his plans and participate by phone instead.
However, it now turns out that the event in that school was just “a drop in the sea” as concerns the PA's attempts to establish its presence in eastern Jerusalem.
Activist Aryeh King, head of the Public Complaints Bureau in Eastern Jerusalem, toured the streets of eastern Jerusalem and took photos of what he saw, which he then sent to Likud Knesset members.
However, he said, none of them has done a thing to prevent the PA's grab of power and territory.
Here are some of King's photographs:
The Arafat Fund pays for renovation work, takes credit (above and below).
PA takes credit for paving a road.
PA takes credit for planting trees, renovation.
PA taxi companies in eastern Jerusalem.
PA traffic police in action in eastern Jerusalem.