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Jerusalem Mayor, Likud Minister Capitulated to Racism

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The residents of Jerusalem’s Har Homa neighborhood who organized opposition to the construction of a large commercial and business center at the entrance to their neighborhood never dreamed that their battle would be so short and successful. Less than a week after they began their campaign, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon folded in the face of the not-so-heavy pressure they exerted.

Jerusalem Affairs Minister Zeev Elkin (Likud), whose ministry invested 2.5 million shekels ($730,000) in planning the project, decided not to intervene; instead, he let the plan die, despite the severe shortage of job opportunities in East Jerusalem and the fact that the plan was supposed to serve the Jewish neighborhood of Har Homa as well as well as the Palestinian neighborhood of Umm Tuba (published by Haaretz's Nir Hasson on February 12).

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© Haaretz