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Plan shelved to turn historic Arab village at Jerusalem entrance into luxury housing - 2022-08-22 12:00:21
The Jerusalem Municipality and Israel Lands Authority have agreed to shelve and “rethink” plans to turn the picturesque former Arab village of Lifta, located close to the western exit from the capital, into a boutique neighborhood for the rich.
Mayor Moshe Lion wants to preserve the village and turn it into a World Heritage Site.
VOJ Comments - Lifta is an open sore in Jerusalem. It was a hostile Arab village before the 1948 War, and residents of that village regularly attacked and robbed Jewish travellers to and from Jerusalem. There is a lot of pressure regarding this neighborhood. Developers would like to turn it into a neighborhood for millionaires, with mansions and open spaces for them. Others would like to turn it into a "Diplomatic Quarter", while others would like to see the return of Arab residents. Aryeh King, a Jerusalem Deputy Mayor, has issued an ultimatum that if the neighborhood isn't developed for Jews immediately, his party will leave the City's governing coalition.Original Article: