Mar. 23, 2018
A Jerusalem Solution: One Sovereignty, Multiple Local Authorities – Nadav Shragai
The population of the east Jerusalem neighborhoods of Kafr Akab and Shuafat, areas outside the security fence, now numbers about 140,000 people, about a third of the population of east Jerusalem. The great majority of housing in these neighborhoods was built without authorization. 30-40% of the residents moved in from areas in the West Bank. These areas suffer from a low level of municipal infrastructure and services, illegal weapons, and generally a severe lack of governance.
In order to improve governance in these areas, it is proposed that these neighborhoods be removed from the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem and be governed by their own municipal authorities, while remaining within the State of Israel. This will enable the local residents to improve their situation considerably and invest more funds in infrastructure and services. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)