Jerusalem Mayor Acknowledges Lack of Classrooms and Public Buildings in Chareidi Sector
By Eliezer Rauchberger
MK Rabbi Uri Maklev (UTJ) told the Knesset Interior Committee the lack of classroom space for chareidi children in Jerusalem has become so acute that while in the past many were forced to study in prefab structures, now some are studying in shipping containers.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat acknowledged that there is a tremendous gap in public buildings and classrooms for the chareidi sector, compared with the mainstream sector. This is despite the fact that the chareidi parties are the largest bloc in Jerusalem and there was even a chareidi mayor before Barkat.
He also said along with the substantial achievements the city has made, upgrading is needed in the form of more construction, generating commerce and employment, promoting the hotel industry and building classrooms and public buildings. He emphasized the state's obligation to assist Jerusalem.