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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


"Nir Barkat's Farewell Gift: [Land] Allocations to the Haredis in Jerusalem

Kikar HaShabbat reveals the 22 [Land] allocations [1] to the Haredis that will be approved by the city council prior to Mayor Nir Barkat's decision about his political path [2]. On the other hand, the Haredi representatives in the municipality refuse to be enthusiastic.

Dramatic days [are expected] in city hall prior to Nir Barkat's declaration of his future political plans. There is no better time for the mayor to announce the property allocations designated for schools and synagogues for the Haredi community, [that were] approved in the various committees, and to bring them to the approval of the city council.

Numerous applications were submitted, but approximately 22 allocations are to be approved. Many requests were rejected, and some will be brought for further discussion in the professional committee, which will convene again in the coming year.

It seems that there is no better parting gift that Nir Barkat can give to the Haredi sector, but at the same time senior [Haredi] officials in the city council are not moved and claim that this is only a fraction of what the Haredi sector in the city deserves [3]."

– Kikar HaShabbat

0202 Editor's Notes:
[1] One of the key issues within Jerusalem-Haredi society is the lack of property for public institutions, such as synagogues and schools. This problem continues to grow as a result of the constant growth of the Haredi population in the city. Moreover, land allocation is a growing political struggle between the Haredi sector and the rest of the Jewish population in Jerusalem. While the Haredis have a sincere need for property the non-Haredi sectors [generally speaking] see the Haredi’s growing demands as a threat to the character of their neighborhoods and of the city as a whole.
[2] Elections for the municipality are scheduled for the end of the year. The current mayor, Nir Barkat, has yet to announce if he will be seeking his third term.
[3] The original article includes a list of the Haredi institutes for which property applications are set to be approved by the city council.

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