A housing project in Katamon Het. .
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In 2009, following a round of elections for local Jerusalem councils, two relatively small and geographically close councils were united into a single large one; thus the Darom (“south”) local council and community center was born. The nascent union emerged, apparently, under an unfavorable star configuration – since there was animosity almost from the start.“The idea of putting two such different populations together under the same roof was doomed from the beginning,” says a council employee, “but nobody thought it would reach such levels of dysfunction and even violence.”