First of all, apologies...I am new to the bloggin software I am using, and lost a whole post I developed, so this is a quick version of longer piece I envisoned...every day we learn something. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming:
"The people who are against the westward plan are rightists who want to build to the east, and green-loving bleeding heart leftists," Safdie said.
Ok, so I don't usually mind being lumped in as part of community Green-Loving Bleeding Heart Leftists...but why this time, you ask?
Tomorrow there is a vote by the Israeli National Planning Commission on what is called the "Safdie Plan," named after the [in]famous architect Moshe Safdie, who is a proponent of Jerusalem expanding Westward, to the tune of over 20,000 new residential units in hills surrounding Jerusalem such as these:
Nice and green, minutes from my home in downtown Jerusalem....but somehow Safdie (and unfortunately many others) believes that destroying these natural resources will help Jerusalem. See today's Jerusalem Post story on this conflict for more information (and source of qoute above).
Bottom line: instead of expanding Jerusalem, lets take care of the Jerusalem that we have already -- that should keep us busy for decades and centuries to come. We are already the largest city in Israel, and for many people the center of the world -- will 20,000 new residential units scarring the last remaining Jerusalem hills really help ensure a future for our sometimes Holy City?
I think not. Join me tomorrow morning at 8 AM (physically or in spirit) for a protest in front of the Israeli Ministry of the Interior (next to Prime Minister's Office). May our cries of moral conscience be heard by those voting inside...and may my grandchildren and their granchildren ride their bikes on the same trails I do.