Figures on January foreign tourist hotel stays are not yet available, but December's numbers were down 9% compared to December 2014 and 28% compared to December 2013.05:09 10.02.16 | 0 comments
Lower collections from the East Jerusalem (under special political status) betterment taxes are even less rewarded in public works. Those amount to fragmentary evacuation of garbage (in 35°C diseases don?t know ethnic lines) and few lamp posts. Look at E.J. at night. I lived for 3 years in the posh Jewish part of Abu-Tor (Jerus.), (formerly Arab houses), and 3 years in Arab part, 20 m lower, where the sand streets nor buildings still don't have names or numbers. As a tenant I had to pay arnona in both parts alright just as my neighbours. Tenants still can be non-registred; land-owners can't. Why won't West Jerusalem Arabs? taxes cover the less able Arab areas just as West Jerusalem Jews' (and Arabs') taxes presently maintain the comfortable procrastination of the Mea-Shearim-like Orthodox areas? Should I even tell you that after Jerusalem "unification" the surrounding Arab villages were levied the taxes for 30 years retroactively?