Making the old city young again


Maalei HaZeittim

New Jewish Neighborhood on the Mount of Olives

by INN Staff

"You are invited to come rejoice in the joy of Jerusalem on the occasion of the inauguration of the Maaleh Zeitim
neighborhood on the Mount of Olives, and to strengthen Jewish settlement in Jerusalem,” read the invitation sent
out for the inauguration of a new Jewish neighborhood on the Mount of Olives.

Israel National News was there, and brought you live coverage of this historic event.
The new neighborhood is a project of the Ateret Kohanim Yeshiva, which is located in the Moslem Quarter
of Jerusalem's Old City. 
The dedication comes at a time when President Barack Obama's speech demanding 1949 Armistice boundaries serve
as the basis for Israel-PA negotiations has been countered strongly by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's refusal
to consider the division of Jerusalem. United States officials have expressed displeasure with Jewish building
east of the 1949 Armistice line, in eastern (where Maaleh Zeitim is located), northern and southern Jerusalem
Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin, Education Minister Gidon Saar, Minister of the Interior Eli Yishai,
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and  other political and religious leaders were at the event.
The Mount of Olives, site of the new neighborhood, is where King David wept as he fled Jerusalem during his son
Absalom's rebellion (II Samuel 15,30) "And the king ascended Maaleh Hazeitim...". It is also the site of a
historic Jewish  cemetery which was vandalized during the period when Jordan occupied Jerusalem, from 1949-1967,
and is now undergoing restoration. The gravestones, some used by Jordanians for latrines, tell the history
of Jewish presence in Jerualem and are witness to the desire for Jews in the Diaspora to be buried there, as tradition
has it that they will be resurrected first when the Messiah comes.
Until now, the eight families living in the Jewish-owned Beit Choshen buiding on the Mount of Olives, were the only Israeli presence there. An Israeli flag waves atop the building, whose residents will soon be joined by those who make their homes on the mount in Ateret Kohanim's Maaleh Zeitim neighborhood.


To read about the dedication please click here