Greater Kiryat Hayovel.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Legendary Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek once said that this city is so high-profile and important in the eyes of the world that even moving a tree from its place requires a special meeting of the UN Security Council. Last Friday, we indeed had a glimpse of what it means to live in a city where anything you do, including the most innocuous act, may unchain powerful passions on the ground – and these are fertile grounds for politics.Kiryat Hayovel has become a kind of battlefield for the character of Shabbat in the city. Once a center for blue-collar workers and olim, the only neighborhood built without Jerusalem stone building facades (due to the rush to house waves of immigrants in the 1950s) has become a preferred neighborhood for haredi homebuyers.