Mayor dedicates post-office boxes in east J’lem

05.01.2012                      10.Tewet. 5772                      Fasttag im Tewet


Mayor dedicates post-office boxes in east J'lem

Residents say Barkat’s gesture is not enough, demand increased building permits.

Residents of east Jerusalem sent Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat a rock thrown at the crowd instead of a postcard on Wednesday, as the mayor dedicated a post-office box distribution center in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiya. The dedication was part of a High Court of Justice-mandated effort to improve postal services in east Jerusalem, but residents expressed anger that the municipality wasn’t dealing with major issues such as building permits or classrooms.
“This is like giving a dog a bone to quiet him,” said Ziad B., an Isawiya resident. “I already have a PO box in the French Hill neighborhood. [The municipality] hasn’t even done 1% of what they promised us,” he said….