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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


"Haredim halt a construction project in Jerusalem because 'there are no Sukkah balconies [1].'

The local planning and building committee of the Jerusalem municipality refused to approve buildings plans for a long-term rental complex in the Talpiyot neighborhood of Jerusalem, because it is impossible to build Sukkah balconies off the apartments, according to the current zoning. The committee demanded that Sukkah balconies be added in order for the plan to progress. […]

'A sweeping ban in urban planning, such as this, for the Sukkah balconies is pure stupidity and wickedness, since the main demographic in need here is the traditional and religious sectors,' said municipality committee member Yitzhak Pindros.

The 'Apartment for Rent on Allenby' project will include 279 housing units designated for long-term rental. Those who fought against the plan are four ultra-Orthodox committee members who refused to approve building additions and easements for the program because the plan does not include Sukkah balconies, thus excluding the haredi public from the project. As a result, the plan was removed from the committee's agenda."

0202 Editor's Notes:
[1] Sukkah Balcony – Many observant Jews design their homes with a porch in such a way that aligns with their Sukkah-building needs for the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

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