Reuters Simple and Wrong
On the Partition in Jerusalem
In a feature on Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem, Reuters’ Noah Browning posits that the security barrier has heightened partition, discrimination and neglect of eastern Jerusalem (“In bleak Arab hinterland, hints of Jerusalem’s partition," Dec. 20). In the process, he ignores opposing trends and facts. Namely, the construction of the security barrier and the ensuing division between east Jerusalem and Palestinian communities in the West Bank has ironically prompted many Arab families to move into Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem. This migration, an increased mixing of Jews and Arabs, does not fit into Browning’s tidy partition narrative, so he ignores it.
“Marooned behind the wall but within city limits, the Shuafat refugee camps reveals Israel’s uneven treatment of Arab and Jewish neighborhoods, creating a de facto partition of Jerusalem, which is the epicenter of the Middle East conflict,” he writes.
“A two-minute drive away lies the massive Pisgat Ze’ev Jewish settlement, whose neat streets and sculpture garden are a parallel universe to the chaos of Jerusalem,” Browning reports.
Later, he avers that “. . . official town planning that is skewed against their natural expansion gives many Arab residents few options but to shift into the adjacent West Bank or to break the law.”
Ignored: Arabs Migration to Jewish Neighborhoods
But there is a another option – and one that has been exercised by hundreds of Arab families in recent years, and widely reported in other media outlets: Dozens of Arab families from eastern Jerusalem are moving out of crowded, expensive Arab neighborhoods and into majority Jewish Jerusalem neighborhoods, such as Pisgat Ze’ev.
An April 25, 2013 report on Israel’s Channel 10 reported that there are 3,378 Palestinians without Israeli citizenship who are living in Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem west of the Green Line, such as Beit Hakarem, Nachlaot and the German Colony. (In contrast, 2,537 Israeli Jews live in predominantly Arab neighborhoods on the eastern side of the Green Line.)
'Tectonic Shift’ Ignored
In an in-depth article about the “Israelization” of east Jerusalem’s Arabs, Ha’aretz’s Nir Hasson describes multiple trends pointing towards greater normalization, as opposed to increased partition. (“A surprising process of ‘Israelization’ is taking place among Palestinians in East Jerusalem,” Dec. 29, 2012)
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