Round Table on Abu Tor East Jerusalem Neighborhood

In the frame of the East-Jerusalem Neighborhood Project, the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research in cooperation with FNF-Jerusalem conducted another roundtable in the second week of March 2017, discussing the findings of the institute’s research on the infrastructural and socio-economic and cultural profile of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu-Tor. Abu Tor is the 8th neighborhood in the frame of the project, which the Institute is profiling, examining numerous problems and challenges the neighborhood is facing and possible solutions together with relevant practitioners, representatives from different departments of the Jerusalem municipality and from different governmental ministries, from various civil society organizations and with communal activists and leaders from the neighborhood itself. The challenges the neighborhood Abu Tor is facing are manifold and include a severe shortage of land reserves, lack of parking arrangements, poor conditions of roads and sidewalks, overcrowded and unfit class rooms, lack of playgrounds and leisure facilities, unfit sewage and draining system, poor garbage disposal, high rate of poverty, violence and drug use. Moreover there is a significant socio-economic gap between the Jewish and Arab residents of the same neighborhood. The two parts are detached from one another in all aspects – social, economic and community vise. The gap between the residents of the same neighborhood, and sometimes even the street, creates a strong feeling of deprivation.

The discussions results will be included in the final version of the research paper, which will be published in Hebrew and Arabic and distributed to municipal and governmental decision makers as well as to civil society organizations engaged in this field. The institute will be following up on initiated solution process with the relevant stakeholders.