jerusalem the olden, the golden and the stolen

Jerusalem Gangnam style.Horsey steps trotting through the paces. Even horses have to stop and sow oats occasionally. ….

Something out of Ripley’s Believe it or rot: About a thousand  streets in East Jerusalem, if they can be identified between the trash containers,  lack recognized, official  names. That is, its residents live nowhere, and lack even the identity of a street address. Of course this permits bureaucratic abuse, since if they live nowhere they can’t expect services. Also they have no mail delivery and if the abode catches fire, well that’s tough. Technically, these homes do not exist, but somehow, magically, they are easily identified when it comes time to demolish them or appropriate them. A miracle. When there is injustice, corruption and old fashioned cruel criminality in Israel it is always holy. Always qualified by an asterik. Mitigating factors such as the revelatory spasms of messianism, obscure divine prophecies that mark the jewish brand of Jerusalem syndrome. Holy shit and sanctified manure….

— Artist: George Grosz
Completion Date: 1928
Style: Dada
Genre: allegorical painting
Technique: oil
Material: canvas —-WIKI

(see link at end)…Only 5.5 percent of the 2,600 properties owned by the city of Jerusalem are serving the Arab residents of the capital, according to a new database created by the Jerusalem Awakening party and the Public Knowledge Workshop.

The database and Google Map were created to help individuals and organizations take better advantage of municipality services, said Public Knowledge Workshop volunteer Ido Ivry….Ivry said one of the most surprising outcomes of the project was the sheer amount of properties the city owns. They assumed the city had around 300 or 400 properties, and were shocked by the final figure of 2,600….

They don’t need public transportation in East Jerusalem. Just throw them cardboard and let them make their own….—A bicycle made almost entirely of cardboard has the potential to change transportation habits from the world’s most congested cities to the poorest reaches of Africa, its Israeli inventor says.
Izhar Gafni, 50, is an expert in designing automated mass-production lines. He is an amateur cycling enthusiast who for years toyed with an idea of making a bicycle from cardboard.—Read More:

Only 5.5% of the properties are allocated for Arab residents.

The list includes buildings used for schools, libraries, community centers and cultural institutions. Many schools in east Jerusalem are located in rented buildings, including residential apartments, which are less suitable for schools than properties owned by the municipality and built as schools.Read More:

and, do give some credence to the view that Zionism is always racism….

(see link at end)…Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat dedicated Um Kulthum Street in Beit Hanina on Wednesday afternoon as a symbolic gesture marking the first year of naming streets in east Jerusalem since 1967. Over the past year, the municipality has given official names to 145 streets in Zur Baher, Beit Hanina, Shuafat, Issawiya, Abu Tor, Silwan and Ras al-Amud….Part of the pressure for naming the streets is due to a petition from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel concerning the lack of postal services in east Jerusalem. The postal service replied that without street names, they cannot deliver mail.

The city also has an interest in organizing the chaos of streets in east Jerusalem. It’s difficult to serve residents with no addresses summons to appear in court or send them fines for parking violations….On Wednesday, Barkat lauded the NIS 500 million that will be invested in east Jerusalem roads and infrastructure over the coming years, and touted the street names as “another example of the wide range

ctivities we are undertaking to reduce gaps in east Jerusalem.” Singer Nasreen Kadari, who won the reality TV show “Eyal Golan is Calling You,” serenaded the crowd with covers of one of Egyptian singer Um Kulthum’s most famous song, Enta Omri, during the ceremony. Read More:

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