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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


“Residents of Pisgat Ze’ev [1] are protesting the burning of waste in neighboring Shuafat. [2] For years, the residents have suffered from the fumes of the waste-burning and have on multiple occasions sent complaints to the Jerusalem Municipality. The residents claim that nothing has been done to resolve the issue. The municipality claims that Shuafat is the responsibility of UNRWA [3] and that the handling of waste in contracted out to external bodies. […]”

-Mynet Jerusalem

0202 Editor’s note:

[1] Pisgat Ze'ev is a neighborhood situated east of Shuafat and Beit Hanina and north of the Shuafat refugee camp. The Israeli West Bank barrier includes Pisgat Ze'ev in the northern section of Jerusalem while excluding the Shuafat refugee camp from the city by running in an S-shape.

[2] The Shuafat Refugee Camp is a Palestinian refugee camp within the Jerusalem jurisdiction. It is located next to Shuafat, a Palestinian Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem. The Shuafat Refugee Camp is the only Palestinian refugee camp in Jerusalem and is outside the separation barrier. Although it is within the Jerusalem municipal boundaries, the Shuafat Refugee Camp and its adjacent neighborhoods lack proper municipal services, such as garbage disposal, functional road infrastructure and sufficient water supply. Therefore, residents resort to burning trash when it is not collected.

[3] United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

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