What do people mean when they say that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel? You can see in the video below: Israel is colonizing the entire eastern half of the city and the supposed future Palestinian “capital” is far away and behind a 26-foot-high concrete separation wall.
The guide in the video is Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. We’re standing on a hill on the eastern side of the city, looking north and east at Palestinian neighborhoods.
You can see the Al Aqsa Mosque on the left (at 5:40) between the cypresses (enlarge the video if you have to) and Abu Dis on the right (at 5:25), closed off on the West Bank from the Palestinian city of Jerusalem.
Some of the highlights of the video: You will see the billboard for an Israeli settlement right below us being built inside the Palestinian neighborhood of Jebel Muhaber. The billboard features an appeal for American Jews to buy here. The colony is called Nof Zion, the vista of Zion.
At 2:08 you will see the black barrels on the tops of Palestinian homes alongside Israeli colonies with no such tanks — because the Israelis have all the water they need, and the Palestinians only get it a few times a week.
At 2:44 or so Halper points out Abu Dis, the supposed Palestinian capital of a dreamed Palestinian state, behind the wall on the right.
At 3:20 he points out a new Jewish colony being built on a hillside at the east side of these Palestinian neighborhoods, called the “Forefront of Zion.”
At 5:28 Halper points out the supposed Palestinian parliament building, on the other side of the wall.
You will hear Halper describe 3 or 4 colonies before our eyes. Some of them are built and growing, some are just started.
Halper describes the Israeli effort to bring more Jewish colonists in by building a modern road so they don’t have to go through Palestinian neighborhoods. The road will connect the Old City to Ma’ale Adumim, the city-settlement deep in the West Bank, and connect all the colonies we see before us.
This is the reality in Israel and Palestine: complete Israeli control over the territory, and the calculated colonization of that territory by Jews, so as to solidify Jewish control of Jerusalem. The Israeli capital.
Where’s the Palestinian capital? That’s it below, Abu Dis, on the other side of this 26-foot-tall wall:
Wall at Abu Dis
And watch all the signs of apartheid here: separate roadway, separate communities, separate standards of living.