JERUSALEM (AFP) - The Palestinian Authoritys Minister for Jerusalem Affairs said on Wednesday he has resigned from his post over the governments failure to aid residents in battling Israeli housing demolitions. The government made promises to aid the people of Jerusalem but it never followed through with them, Hatem Abdel Qader told AFP. We had contracts with lawyers and engineers and the Authority did not adhere to them. He also blamed the Western-backed Palestinian government led by Salam Fayyad for failing to support civil associations and education in east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians have demanded as the capital of their future state. This indicates that they wanted me to be there as decoration, and I wont be, he said. My decision has been welcomed by the people of Jerusalem because they never received any aid from the government. Advisors close to prime minister Fayyad, who is currently abroad, declined to comment on the matter.