Jerusalem skyline 521.
(photo credit: Adi Benzaquen)
City council members from United Torah Judaism on Thursday afternoon called on
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat to close the Har Hotzvim industrial park south of the
northwestern Ramot neighborhood to make way for apartments.
“We, the city’s
taxpayers, are obliged to do something to see to the future development of more
residential areas, while allocating land for industry and hi-tech on the real
edges of the city,” Yaakov Halperin, the head of the UTJ faction in the city
council, wrote in a letter sent to the mayor, Globes reported.
Hatzovim is home to approximately 100 companies, including Intel and Teva
Pharmaceutical Industries, and employs 10,000 people.
that the industrial park, which is open on Shabbat, disturbs the haredi
neighborhoods that surround it.
In a letter to Barkat and Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu, city councilwoman Rachel Azaria (Yerushalmim) called it
“unmitigated chutzpa” for the haredi politicians to complain that their
constituents do not have jobs while at the same time trying to shut down one of
the largest employers in the area.