Whose city is it, anyway?

May 11, 2016 11:36
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Umm Kulthum

Umm Kulthum Street in Jerusalem. (photo credit: NIV ELIS)

The question raised last week at the city council meeting is not a new one – on the contrary, it has been raised and debated more than once, at various levels of ten- sion and with different issues at stake. Whose city is it, any - way? Whom should it serve? How should Arabs, Christians and Jews, secular as well as various kinds of religious residents feel about the city’s moving along? Should the municipality care more about one or another sector, or strive to deliver the appropriate answers to all the sectors – a task considered by many, including at Safra Square, as “mission impossible”? The most recent development on this issue was the success – perhaps only temporary – of the haredi representatives at city council in preventing all planned events of the local dance company Hora Jerusalem on Shabbatot, even if the performances were scheduled to be held outside of Jerusalem.

“Local associations supported by the city should not per - form on Shabbat,” says councilman Yitzhak Pindrus (United Judaism), “and therefore we stopped this.”


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