This week in Jerusalem: Shabbat rumors

Shabbat rumors

Ultra-Orthodox extremists vandalized traffic lights and attacked Arab passersby last Friday night, apparently as part of the protest against the light rail planned to traverse the city’s northern haredi neighborhoods. However, a source within the community rejected any connection to the light rail project, saying that it involved young people who were not under the control of their rabbis, who have probably already left the haredi educational system.

Witnesses reported that dozens of these youths threw stones at Arab vehicles heading towards Har Hotzvim towards the Arab neighborhoods in the north of Jerusalem. The young man broke several traffic lights and caused serious damage to the infrastructure. A local resident complained that although the police arrived quickly, they left without making any arrests. The riots resumed shortly after, causing additional damage. This is not the first time Haredi youth have targeted Arabs, probably out of boredom due to the lack of structured frameworks, raising concern among Haredim fighting light rail.

Haunting end of Shabbat

Four policemen were injured when dozens of young people, mostly residents of the settlements, gathered under the Rope Bridge on Saturday night to protest the investigation into the death of Ahuvia Sandak, killed when her car overturned in a police chase. about a year ago. The protesters climbed onto the roof of a bus and refused to get off, until the police caught and arrested them.

Then dozens of people blocked the Sakharov exchange. Some protesters tried to block the traffic axis and clashed with the police, throwing stones and damaging police vehicles. 21 people were arrested and four policemen were injured. Traffic was blocked on Highway 1 between Sakharov Gardens and the Herzl / Begin Road junction; Traffic police redirected drivers to alternate routes until late at night. Police said they will continue to allow freedom of protest within the law, but will not allow public disturbances.

Stay in your lane

The municipality installed new control cameras on Begin Highway, nine months after the opening of the first section of the public transport route. Similar cameras were also installed on the Yermiyahu public transportation route. The municipality hopes that the cameras will reverse the improper use of these public routes, thus facilitating traffic; The fine for driving on public roads is high, 500 NIS.

On Sunday, surveillance cameras were activated on the new public transport route, in the section between the Ben-Zion Netanyahu and Golda Meir interchanges. Additional surveillance cameras will soon be installed on the Begin route leading to the Givat Shaul interchange.

Today there is no bottle

Wonder where the Jeruslaem bottle recycling facility has gone? After several complaints from neighbors, the municipality explained that due to the new Bottle Deposit Law, which is expected to take effect on December 1, there is no longer a need for recycling facilities in public areas.

While the warehousing law will take effect in more than three weeks, the municipality has already begun collecting facilities from different areas of the city.

The collection of the facilities was carried out in coordination with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and subject to the law, so it was appropriate. With the implementation of the law, the responsibility for recycling the bottles will pass to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, which, through the newly created recycling corporation ELA, will establish new recycling facilities in the retail chains. When returning the bottles, customers will receive a credit voucher.

Way to university

The municipal education administration (Manhi) launched an innovative program this week, in cooperation with the city’s academic institutions. The “Jerusalem College” program is the first in the country in which 500 high school students from across the capital study in 30 different courses at 12 local academic institutions, combining academia and social entrepreneurship.

Participation is independent of study tracks, academic achievements, or financial ability; It is primarily based on motivation, a commitment to fulfill course obligations, and a commitment to participate in program activities.

The project was conceived and formulated by former Manhi director Aviv Keinan, with the full (and enthusiastic) support of Deputy Mayor Chagit Moshe, who has the education portfolio. This program and additional initiatives are part of the city’s overall changes to the educational system, aimed at bringing Jerusalem students into the 21st century, with its technological challenges.

Follow the money

Good news for new immigrants and returning residents who want to do business in Israel. The Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, through the Business Entrepreneurship Division, is awarding “Digital Incentive” grants of up to NIS 5,000 to returning business owners and residents to promote online activity. This is a very welcome initiative in the municipality, as the number of immigrants choosing Jerusalem as their new home continues to grow. This initiative is valid until the end of 2021.

Therapeutic dance

The municipality and the city’s respective arts and welfare departments are turning to dance as an outlet for battered women to express themselves. During the “Awesome Dances” therapy sessions, participants experience movement as a way to break free from pain and regain control of their lives. Through dance, they feel the freedom to free themselves and aspire to get out of the cycle of violence and to a more peaceful life.

Ten women, between the ages of 30 and 50, are in various stages of breaking the cycle of violence and rehabilitating their own lives, as well as that of their children. The initiative is supervised by a dance facilitator from the municipality, as well as family social workers. Meetings are held once a week at the Kangaroo Community Center in the Gonen neighborhood.

Arts and entertainment

Throughout November, the Israel Museum will host three young musical ensembles, included in the ticket price. Performances will be held at the Cardo at the auditorium’s main entrance, on Tuesdays (5:30 and 7:00 p.m.) and Fridays (11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.). will take place from November 11 to 30. Featured roles include the duo Tamar and Nethanel, Orca and the trio Oren Hasson.

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