06.01.2012 11.Tewet. 5772
Panel claims high number of synagogues, lack of high-rise buildings indicate area is designed for ultra-Orthodox.
The Committee to Save Beit Shemesh submitted a petition on Thursday to halt the construction of a new neighborhood in Beit Shemesh it says is designated for haredim.
The group lodged the appeal with the National Council for Planning and Construction of the Ministry of the Interior. It claims that the proposed neighborhood, currently called Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel 2, is being designed specifically for the ultra-Orthodox sector and will change the demographic balance of the city.
“The appellants, representing the interests of thousands of residents of Beit Shemesh, are requesting that their city be saved… from the joint plan of the central authorities and the municipal authorities to designate Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel 2 for the ultra-Orthodox population alone, without having received a governmental decision [to that end] and without lawful authority,” read the appeal, which was lodged against the decision made by the Jerusalem Regional Committee for Planning and Construction….