How To Handle Jerusalem’s No-Go Neighborhoods


The recent tragic murder of Rose Lubin, a 20 year old border patrolwoman who had made aliyah just two years ago brings up the need to ensure that Jerusalem’s no-go neighborhoods are flipped over to integrated areas of Israel’s capital.

There is really only one way to do this and that is encourage continued movement of Jews into these areas. The reason for this is simple. Where Jews live, there is less terror, crime, and violence. Yes, its true that until a neighborhood hits critical mass, more border police are needed to secure the location, but we have already seen a big difference in the City of David now that it is has a Jewish majority as opposed to the Shiloach which still has a small Jewish population.

While the Old Jewish Quarter (today’s “muslim” quarter) has benefited to relative calm due to an increased Jewish presence in multiple houses on the other side of the Flowers Gate there stands only one Jewish populate building – Beit Tzion. This is where Rose was killed and in fact when groups come on Ateret Cohanim tours and are taken through the Flowers Gate, there is a palpable change in energy – like we have entered a different country. Keep in mind this a brisk 10 minute walk from the city center.

This must change. An increased Jewish presence linking the Flowers Gate to the center of town must commence as an answer to Hamas backed terrorism in Jerusalem.

All efforts by the city and private ideological investors need to be focused on this agenda. There are no shortages of willing sellers and Jewish urban pioneers willing to move into Jerusalem’s no-go neighborhoods.

Article by David Mark

David is Ateret Cohanim's Director of Communications. He is a long time Land of Israel Activist, writer and film maker.

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