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The Committee of Northern Jerusalem
Maher al-Sous, Committee Vice-President
052-280-8259

The construction of the Annexation Wall, as well as the mounting restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupation on Palestinian-Jerusalemites that prevent them from living or even entering their own city, have resulted into a wave of internal migration into Kufr ‘Aqab due to low rent. The vacuum of jurisdiction in Kufr ‘Aqab explains the plethora of high buildings and over-crowded apartments which turned the village into a forest of cement where looting, sexual crimes and drug abuses are abundant. Additionally, the town suffers from systematic violations by the Israeli Occupation including land confiscation and blatant neglect of providing municipal services.

Following the Occupation Municipality's establishment of a community centre in the town headed by an Israeli, residents of Kufr ‘Aqab called for the election of a committee that represents the town and ensure they reclaim and defend their rights.

The Committee of Northern Jerusalem was founded in 2009 in response to this popular demand, with popular authorisation, and was elected according to the division of the area into four parts.

Protection, rights and professionalism.

 

Kufr ‘Aqab is a safe village, enjoying its rights and full lands as one of the suburbs of al-Quds, the capital of Palestine.

 

The committee will use legal mechanisms in pressuring the Jerusalem Occupation Municipality to fulfil its duties vis-a-vis the village and will work with residents to develop the village socially and culturally.

 
  1. Educating Jerusalemite residents in the Kufr ‘Aqab area about their rights as people under occupation.

  2. Help residents attain their rights by representing them legally and by using all available tools.

  3. Raising awareness regarding unwanted social phenomena and help eliminate them.

  4. Providing residents with their due services by obliging the Occupation Municipality to fulfil its duties in the village.
Volunteer Opportunities:

Those wishing to volunteer with the committee are welcome, particularly people with expertise in community work and legal advice. Fluent Arabic is necessary.

 
Wish List:
  1. A centre with the necessary furniture, including a meeting hall.

  2. Computers and printers.
What We Have to Offer:
  1. Legal information about the area and how it tackles the policy of neglect by the Occupation Municipality.

  2. Training and awareness courses for young men and women.

Programmes and Projects
  1. Conducting social and awareness courses that aim at training young men and women.

  2. Establishing an institute for vocational education that would provide an alternative space for school dropouts.

  3. Studying the needs of the area in order to determine the priorities of the village with the residents.

  4. Legal representation of Kufr ‘Aqab residents to make sure they attain their rights.