Secular residents worry about Haifa neighborhood turning into ‚another Bnei Brak‘

01.09.2011                      02.Elul, 5771                      Slichot Adot Misrach

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Secular residents worry about Haifa neighborhood turning into 'another Bnei Brak'

Residents learned two weeks ago from a newspaper advertisement that municipality planned to allot neighborhood shelter to Haredi organization for use as community center; ultra-Orthodox nursery school is also planned.

The struggle between secular and ultra-Orthodox residents of Haifa's mostly secular Neveh Sha'anan neighborhood began the day of the Passover seder this year. Residents awoke to sounds of a bulldozer uprooting eucalyptus trees. The vehicle was getting the place ready for portable classrooms for 300 ultra-Orthodox students. The local people stopped the work by blocking the bulldozers with their bodies, and they've been fighting the plan ever since.
Two weeks ago they learned from a newspaper advertisement that the municipality planned to allot a neighborhood shelter to a Haredi organization for use as a community center. An ultra-Orthodox nursery school is also in the works for the street, near two secular nurseries….