Secular residents notch win in battle for Jerusalem

20.05.2012                      28.Ijar. 5772                    Jerusalemtag; Tag 43 des Omer

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Secular residents notch win in battle for Jerusalem

Jerusalem's mayor scraps plan to build Ultra-Orthodox preschools in Kiryat Hayovel in south-west Jerusalem – and opts to build a secular yeshiva instead.

Jerusalem's secular residents have won an important victory in an ongoing battle against ultra-Orthodox groups over the fate of an open field in Kiryat Hayovel. Mayor Nir Barkat announced last week that the contested tract of land in the southwestern neighborhood of the capital would be used for a yeshiva – a secular yeshiva, that is.
The large barren field in Kiryat Hayovel has, in recent years, turned into a flashpoint between secular and ultra-Orthodox groups. The neighborhood has become a symbol of secular opposition to the increasingly Haredi character of Israel's capital….