April 5, 2013 03:56
While the municipality could do more to renovate the ill-kempt Hadar neighborhood
– one of the country’s most diverse – grassroots efforts are being made
to promote coexistence and encourage community activism.
Haifa's Hadar neighborhood 521.
(photo credit:LAURA ROSBROW)
Approaching Masada Street in Haifa, a small bakery kiosk with “Masada” written
in orange and blue graffiti welcomes you. The kiosk offers the usual fare:
burekas, chocolate and cheese baked goods, and of course, pita. But on a large
plate next to the cashier, the bakery displays a food combination this reporter
had never seen before in Israel: halla with za’atar.This unusual fusion
symbolizes a lot about Masada Street. It is one of the few places in the country
where Jews and Arabs live side by side. This street is the bohemian heart of
Hadar Hacarmel, which is one of the country’s most diverse neighborhoods: Jewish
Israelis, Arab Israelis, Russian immigrants, students and foreigners all reside