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Jerusalem: The Secular and Chareidi Contest Plot of Land

Groups of chareidi bidders bid to purchase the tender for building hundreds of apartments in Ramot. The secular are angry.

Avi Moshe 10/12/2009 16:51
A tender for building 320 apartments in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem is awaking the struggle for the character of the city, as a few secular entrepreneurs who are seeking to establish a secular neighborhood with a sport and recreation center are concerned that the auction winners will actually be a group from the chareidi community.
  
Haaretz reports this morning (Thursday) on a "Real Estate Battle" opening in Jerusalem, as chareidi groups forming to purchase a plot of land have already announced that if they win the tender from the Israel Lands Administration, they will see to it to cancel plans for the sport and recreation center.
  
This is a large area to be built with 720 units, along with a large recreation sports center, which will include a pool and tennis courts. Secular entrepreneurs say clearly that they intend to run the place seven days a week, including Shabbos and holidays, thus violating the delicate, fragile status quo in the Holy City of Jerusalem. 
 
According to the report, the Housing Ministry and the Israel Lands Administration recently decided to split the tender on the land; in the first stage only 320 units will be marketed. Ramot secular residents say that the split is designed to help the chareidim win the first part of the tender and subsequently cancel the plans for the sports and recreation center.
  
Although the vast majority of residents of Ramot are chareidi, neighborhood community center manager Chairman Zeev Lendner is secular, although he should, of course, represent the chareidi residents as well. In practice, he acts contrary. "This area was our last chance to save the city's northern neighborhoods from becoming chareidi. Once chareidi people move in, it will be impossible to build the sports center," he said. "This will lead very quickly to the chareidim taking over Ramot and the entire north of Jerusalem," said Lendner to Haaretz.

Attorney Moti Kroizer has begun to recently begun to organize a group to purchase the land, and even advertized about this in chareidi papers. He said yesterday: "If we succeed and chareidi people move in [to the area], the plans to build a sports center will likely be changed."
 
Kroizer added that it would not be difficult to raise the money to buy the land, considering the growing demand for housing among the chareidim and the current construction freeze in the West Bank, which includes Modiin Illit and Beitar Illit.
"A secular family could live anywhere, but the chareidim desperately need an apartment. They have nowhere else to go, so they'll be willing to pay more than secular families," he said.
 
The secular in Ramot, on the other hand, intend to organize a secular purchasing group, such as a group of Hi-tech employees of plants in the industrial area of Mount Hozvim.
 
Ministry of Housing spokesmen said that the tender is marketed without pre-determining the character of the population to win the tender, and the Jerusalem Municipality insists that sports and recreation center will be built. Nir Barkat, Mayor, ignores the fact that the Ramot neighborhood is now mostly chareidi, and according to the city’s spokesman, "Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s position is to keep the character of neighborhoods as they are and that is his position in relation to the Ramot neighborhood as well.”
  
Who will win the tender? Will various exercises and tricks be done to prevent the chareidi from winning the bidding? Only time will tell.