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Monday, September 22, 2008

Jerusalem, Another View, or Two

Recently I visited a couple in what was built to be the "posh," suitable for wealthy olim, neighborhood of French Hill. At least that's how I remember it from the very early 1970's.

Yes, I'm referring to Tzameret Habira, Capitol Heights. The neighborhood is a series of "terraced" apartment buildings on the side of a mountain with a commanding view in the direction of the Dead Sea.

French Hill, Jerusalem

Today you see massive illegal Arab building. While every storage room or raised roof on Jewish buildings must get all sorts of formal approval or be demolished, the Arabs build helter skelter. The government and police are afraid of the subsequent violence and just ignore what happens in the Arab sectors. They take their frustrations out on innocent, idealistic Jews in Judea and Samaria.

French Hill, Jerusalem

And while we're mentioning building in Jerusalem, here's another photo of the roads downtown being prepared for the "lightrail."

Jerusalem Under Construction


rickismom said...

Boker Tov!
WOW, that street preparation must disrupt thetraffic! We have similar construction going on in our town, and as much as I know we need it, and it is good for me in the long run, it is a pain in the neck!

Leora said...

Are they on schedule with the lightrail? I'm wondering how long all this construction is going to take. It is a very interesting photo, to see the progress. I wonder what it's like to live right next to it.

Batya said...

rickismom, leora,
You just can't imagine the mess and the mistakes. It's going to take longer and cost more than almost everyone's worst nightmares. The only ones who don't care are the contractors making more money.