Inside the Old City's Jewish Quarter..
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More than a year of struggle and protests ended in painful failure for environmental activists and many Ein Kerem residents. The district sub-committee for planning and construction has approved construction of a complex for IDF preparatory classes and a large military bunker built on the slopes of Kiryat Menahem reaching the outskirts of Ein Kerem.
The project, which was brought to the city during former mayor Nir Barkat’s tenure, has with the active support of the Jerusalem Development Authority. Residents of Ein Kerem and environmental activists advocated locating the institution in French Hill, in order not to harm the picturesque village and its tourist-friendly landscapes, but their opposition was rejected during Monday morning’s committee session.Me first
Under a haredi president for the first time, the local planning and construction committee has approved renovation of two residential buildings in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. The implementation of the project will require the evacuation of four Palestinian families living in these two buildings as protected tenants. The two buildings were acquired several years ago by Jewish investors, but the proposed renovations were held up until now due to political sensitivities. The buildings are located near the tomb of Shimon HaTzaddik and the project is part of a larger plan to renovate the neighborhood, which was a Jewish neighborhood until it was occupied by the Jordanians in 1948.
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