This week in Jerusalem: New 12 months cheer right here

2021-08-20 00:18:12

New 12 months cheer right here

Near 7,000 lone troopers are serving within the IDF. A “lone soldier” is an IDF soldier with no household in Israel to help her or him. A lone soldier could also be a brand new immigrant, a volunteer from overseas, an orphan or a person from a damaged house. Troopers repeatedly spend weekends and holidays at house the place their dad and mom present for all of their wants: meals, laundry and even a hug, however for lone troopers, there is no such thing as a fast household round them to help them. Although extremely motivated and proud to serve, lots of them wrestle with fundamental wants when on depart {that a} household would normally remedy. 

Too typically lone troopers are on their very own on Shabbat and holidays. For them, the Lone Soldier Heart in Jerusalem offers each heat meals and an actual neighborhood with whom lone troopers can eat, have fun, and combine. In about two weeks, Jerusalemites will attend the festive Rosh Hashanah meal, and a marketing campaign for the lone soldier neighborhood in Jerusalem goals to make sure that these troopers could have home-cooked meals for the Excessive Holy Days. The Heart gives Shabbat and vacation meals for 100-300 lone troopers in Jerusalem, all sponsored by communities and households overseas and inside Israel. 

Students at the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem earlier this year. (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)
College students on the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew College of Jerusalem earlier this 12 months. (credit score: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)

Climbing the good chart

The Hebrew College, established in 1925, has been ranked the highest college for the nation and ninetieth amongst greatest universities on the earth, scoring larger than final 12 months, when it was ranked among the many 150 greatest. In line with the Shanghai Educational Rating of World Universities, thought of one of the dependable scales, the HU just isn’t the one Israeli college to enhance its place – because the Weizmann Institute (92nd) and the Technion (94th) are actually additionally listed among the many high 100 educational establishments on the earth.

Sprucing up Safra Sq.

Massive-scale renovation work has been carried out not too long ago at Safra Sq., together with the mayor’s places of work, costing about NIS 1 million. The workers now take pleasure in higher working situations, however metropolis council opposition chief Ofer Berkovitch (Hitorerut) appears to be much less comfortable about that. Berkovitch complains that these are taxpayer funds that needs to be used for supporting the small and medium companies within the metropolis which can be struggling on account of the pandemic, as an alternative of embellishing places of work. 

Berkovitch tried to stop the approval on the metropolis council assembly that designated the finances for these renovations however didn’t prevail over the broad coalition of Mayor Moshe Lion. 

It could be recalled that former mayor Nir Barkat additionally carried out intensive renovations upon getting into his tenure, however he lined the expense from his personal personal cash.

Rift over a carry

The Civil Administration (beneath the Ministry of Protection) has begun development of an elevator on the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron to allow handicapped entry to the positioning. 

Whereas this will sound eminently affordable and lengthy overdue, left-wing organizations waged a public and authorized wrestle that delayed the advance, fearing that it could injury the positioning, which can be holy for Moslems.

The plan was launched in March 2020, by Naftali Bennett, then minister of protection. Amongst these objecting had been the Hebron municipality; Emek Shaveh, a left-wing NGO that claims it really works “to stop the politicization of archaeology” in Judea and Samaria; and Palestinian residents of Hebron, whose declare was that whereas the plan aids disabled and aged worshipers, it stirs political controversy at a web site that belongs to the Islamic Waqf. 

Emek Shaveh CEO Yonathan Mizrahi contends that since UNESCO designated the Tomb of the Patriarchs as a World Heritage Website in Palestine, any modifications represent a violation by Israel of the Conference Regarding the Safety of the World Cultural and Pure Heritage, to which it’s a signatory. 

In April 2021, the Excessive Court docket denied the movement Emek Shaveh submitted and authorized work on the carry, which lastly started on August 9.

Trains on monitor

Earlier this week, the tracks for the extension of the Crimson Line towards Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem had been laid on Hantke St. in Kiryat Yovel. The complete line will run for 27 kilometers, with 50 stops alongside it. When the work on this line is accomplished, it’ll join Mt. Herzl (the place the Crimson Line ends now) to Hadassah at its southern finish, and its northern extension will join the current terminal cease at Pisgat Ze’ev to Neveh Ya’acov. 

Mayor Moshe Lion pledged to finish the work on this key mild rail line by the tip of 2023 – by the way, the 12 months of the subsequent mayoral elections. This dramatic enchancment within the metropolis’s public mass transportation may simply earn him broad electoral help, however additionally it is a critical threat if the work just isn’t accomplished by then. Meant for hire

For the second time in lower than a decade, the Israel Land Administration is taking a significant step towards assembly the housing wants of the younger technology, together with additionally younger households. A mission for 296 housing models with flats designated solely for reasonably priced long-term rental was authorized earlier this week and a young will likely be revealed within the coming days. The buildings will likely be erected within the Pat Junction space, a location extremely valued by younger households for its proximity to the town heart and to a lot of the amenities wanted. The 2 highest towers will rise 30 tales, and three decrease buildings, as much as 9 tales, will likely be designated for companies, places of work and different public amenities. 

Nonetheless serving

Abuse of workers by superiors just isn’t extraordinary, sadly, however it’s significantly outrageous when the abuser is the authorized adviser of the municipality. 

Adv. Eli Malka has been convicted by the Labor Court docket of “hurting the phrases of employment of considered one of his workers, separating her from the workers who labored beneath her and excluding her from the work of the division,” including, “That is an excessive case of damage to her standing.” 

Nonetheless, regardless of the severity of the offense, Malka remains to be serving in his place. Metropolis council member Laura Wharton is asking council members to signal onto a requirement to fireside him, one thing that’s amongst their prerogatives. However the closing phrase in such a case is within the fingers of the mayor, who to date hasn’t disclosed his choice. The matter needs to be determined at subsequent week’s council assembly on August 26. 

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