The gentrification of east Jerusalem

The municipality has also invested in the Music School and Cultural Center in Silwan, which offers leadership programs, swimming and cooking classes and houses a theater group.

By REBECCA BERMEISTER
September 28, 2017 09:54
‘A sprawling mess built on an archeological gold mine’: Silwan Valley.

‘A sprawling mess built on an archeological gold mine’: Silwan Valley.. (photo credit: ELIJAH ESKIN)

East Jerusalem today is not all firebombs and our capital is not going up in smoke. The city is alive and thriving. It may be more socially segregated than other Israeli cities, where work and mutual interests combine to forge fluid and healthy daily interaction between Arabs and Jews, yet there is a discernible dynamic in the inner-city neighborhoods of the city toward what might be called gentrification.

The recent completion of the restoration of the Ophel and the continued growth of the City of David have significantly altered the profile of east Jerusalem, bringing international and local attention to Silwan, Abu Tor and surrounding Arab neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are something of an enigma; they belong to the city, yet non-residents rarely venture past the main street of Abu Tor or the entrance to the City of David.

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