Middle East Eye, 11 October 2016

Israel pretends it has swayed Palestinians in Jerusalem to prefer its rule. Sunday's attack, widely supported by most Palestinians, proves otherwise

Despite its ambition to depict Jerusalem, with its annexed parts, as a unified city, for many years Israel neglected East Jerusalem, maybe out of hope that its residents will prefer to immigrate, thus strengthening Israel's grip on these areas. It was very evident in the restrictions on Palestinian building in the city. At least one third of housing units in East Jerusalem were built without permits.

Although representing some 40 percent of the city's 830,000 population, the Palestinians quarters received only 10 percent of the municipal budgets, sometimes even less, resulting in the highest level of poverty rates in Israel, a staggering 75.3 percent under the poverty line in East Jerusalem.