Lifta – Game over

What has been decided for the fate of disputed Jerusalem neighborhood Lifta?

June 29, 2017 18:40
3 minute read.
Lifta Israel

A house in Lifta is demolished last Thursday to make way for Highway 1. (photo credit: YONI YOCHANAN)


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Ten years of persistent struggle by a small group of dedicated residents facing a powerful establishment – as well as mighty financial interests – have finally resulted in an acceptable solution. Within the next few weeks, all the families still living in Lifta, located at the entry to Jerusalem, beneath Highway 1, will leave the picturesque village-neighborhood and start a new life elsewhere.

Quite a few people have been involved in this long and painful struggle, but all agree that at least some kudos belongs to MK David Amsalem (Likud), head of the Knesset Commission and proud Jerusalemite, who contributed a lot toward finding a solution.


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