Ein Kerem residents won another victory in their fight to stop the Tourism
Ministry from turning their historic neighborhood into a “Disney World,” when
the High Court of Justice on Wednesday issued a temporary injunction prohibiting
any further work on a new tourism development until the court hears the full
appeal at a later date.
The ministry and the municipality, in an effort
to develop infrastructure for a tourist influx, are attempting to build public
bathrooms and enlarge the plaza next to the historic Ein Kerem Church of the
Visitation. The plaza would serve as a new overlook point to accommodate large
tour groups, which sometimes block narrow Hama’ayan Street.
say the new toilets are located over ruins from the Second Temple period, and
the construction will irrevocably change the character of the unique
neighborhood. A monstrous concrete building currently sits in the wadi below the
spring as the case winds its way through the courts. Activists are planning a
number of tours of the area on Saturday to highlight its archeological and