Pockets of Lawlessness in the “Oasis of Justice”

2014

Issue . 58
P. 13
Features
Pockets of Lawlessness in the “Oasis of Justice”
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Kufr ‘Aqab is a neighborhood on the outskirts of municipal Jerusalem, left on the West Bank side of the city by the separation wall. The skyline is packed with high-rise monstrosities, trash covers the streets, and there is not a tree in sight. Cut out of Jerusalem yet still under its jurisdiction, the village reeks of neglect and disorder. Israeli city officials acknowledge that the decades of neglect in Kufr ‘Aqab have only intensified after the construction of the wall, and Kufr ‘Aqab is left in no man’s land.