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Universal declaration of human rights about culture:

Article 27. (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

From: EU HEADS OF MISSION REPORT ON EAST JERUSALEM

December 2008

Since 2001, around ten Palestinian institutions in East-Jerusalem remain closed, whereas they were playing an essential role inside the Palestinian civil society, in the economical, social and cultural fields... (...)
the Israeli Authorities closed during the year 2008 some additional Palestinian institutions in East-Jerusalem, in particular the Culture Forum Organization in Sur Baher (...)
Even if some of them managed to continue their activities by moving their headquarters outside Jerusalem, the closure of these institutions had a very deep and negative impact on the Palestinian society in East-Jerusalem, particularly since public events organized by the Palestinian civil society in East-Jerusalem are regularly prohibited. Since Annapolis, the Israeli authorities have prohibited about thirty Palestinian events and gatherings in East Jerusalem. In particular, in March 2008, a meeting for the launching of the manifestation “Jerusalem, cultural capital of the Arab world 2009”, has been prohibited by the Israeli authorities. The targeting of mostly secular and moderate Palestinian institutions and activities in the city contributes to creating an institutional vacuum in East Jerusalem, leaving the room free to religious and radical forces. Moreover, the prolonged closure of the Palestinian institutions in East-Jerusalem prejudges the final result of the negotiations on the status of the city.

Read the full report http://euobserver.com/9/27736


From:
JERUSALEM AND RAMALLAH HEADS OF MISSION - REPORT ON EAST JERUSALEM
December 2005

Palestinians are, without exception, deeply alarmed about East Jerusalem. They fear that Israel will “get away with it”, under the cover of disengagement. Israeli actions also risk radicalising the hitherto relatively quiescent Palestinian population in East Jerusalem. Clear statements by the European Union and the Quartet that Jerusalem remains an issue for negotiation by the two sides, and that Israel should desist from all measures designed to pre-empt such negotiations, would be timely. We should also support Palestinian cultural, political and economic activities in East Jerusalem.


From:
recommendations on an operational level:

Enhance EU assistance to Palestinian institutions in East Jerusalem, including cultural activities and community empowerment.
Palestinian East Jerusalem has traditionally been the centre of political, commercial, religious and cultural activities for the West Bank, with Palestinians operating as one cohesive social and economic unit.


Fragment uit “de verdeelde hoofdstad”, artikel in de Volkskrant

het vervolg, 3 juni 2006 (pagina 25) door Alex Burghoorn

‘De Israëlische handelingen dreigen de tot nog toe relatief rustige Palestijnse bevolking in Oost-Jeruzalem te radicaliseren’, schreven de hoofden van de Europese diplomatieke vertegenwoordigingen bij de Palestijnse Autoriteit een half jaar geleden in een alarmerend getoonzette rapportage aan Brussel. ‘Verscheidene Israëlische maatregelen verkleinen de kans op het bereiken van een akkoord over de deling van Jeruzalem’ – en daarmee ook de kans op vrede tussen Israël en de Palestijnen.

De EU-ministers van Buitenlandse Zaken hebben in december weliswaar hun ‘ernstige bezorgdheid’ uitgesproken over de Israëlische activiteiten in en rondom Oost-Jeruzalem, maar tegelijk de rapportage in een bureaula gelegd ‘voor de volgende vergadering’.

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