Requiem for an oasis

The capital’s swimmers are hung out to dry as the beloved Jerusalem Pool closes after 59 years.

By ILAN CHAIM
October 26, 2017 19:59
The iconic Jerusalem Pool: Lost to real estate developers.

The iconic Jerusalem Pool: Lost to real estate developers.. (photo credit: RONIT LOMBROZO)

 
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At the end of this month, the State of Israel will earn the distinction of having the only major capital in the world without an Olympic-size, 50-meter length swimming pool. After extended court battles, Jerusalem’s swimming public has lost its oasis for the past nearly 60 years to real estate developers.

Contrary to the outline plan for Jerusalem established by Keren Kayemet, the public will be deprived of its statutorily guaranteed public pool for at least the next four years of construction of a high-profit housing complex that will eventually replace the iconic Jerusalem Pool with one shrunken to a length of just 33.3 meters.

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