In a move that is unlikely to be noticed by anyone outside of Jerusalem, Jerusalem has adopted a policy of “regionalism” which means that it will be represented by a city’s capital and not a municipality.
This will give the city’s population a greater sense of belonging.
According to the city government, this is an attempt to encourage the creation of a “multi-cultural city” that “allows the creation and growth of new cultures”.
“The policy allows the creation, creation and expansion of the city and provides for the creation on a regional level of the cities cultural heritage, which has always been a priority of Jerusalem,” the Jerusalem Municipality said.
“The creation of the cultural heritage for the new city will be supported by the city council.”
The new policy comes after a decade of efforts to create a new city.
In 2008, the Jerusalem Municipal Council approved the creation in the Old City of a new cultural center, “The City of Jerusalem”.
In 2009, the city created the first Jewish settlement in the area, and in 2010, the municipal council created the “Al-Quds Al-Sharif” cultural center in the East Jerusalem neighborhood.
In 2012, the “Jerusalem Municipality” adopted a proposal to build the first Palestinian cultural center for Jerusalem, a project that was rejected by Israel’s cabinet in 2015.
In 2015, the municipality announced plans to create the city of Jerusalem’s first Jewish community, a “new cultural center” and a Jewish neighborhood in the city.
The new Jerusalem policy, which was first reported by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, is a departure from past attempts to create cultural centers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as well as in the Gaza Strip.
In 2016, the Palestinian Authority approved the construction of the second Palestinian cultural centre in the occupied West Bank, known as the “New Palestine” cultural and educational center.
This project was also rejected by the Palestinian cabinet in 2017.
Following the decision by the Jerusalem municipality to create Jerusalem’s second Jewish cultural center and the Palestinian government’s decision to establish a Jewish cultural and education center, Israeli officials began the process of dismantling the city that was established in 1967, when Israel occupied the West bank and East Gaza Strip and established the Palestinian state.