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Eviction (part 5 of 6) by Diana Lipton: The Mayor of Jerusalem

Following years of dedicated work, the Israel Land Fund succeeded in evicting a three-generation Palestinian family from its East Jerusalem home of more than 50 years. Other evictions are in the works.


A few months ago, I attended the prize-giving ceremony for the Jerusalem Prize, an award given every other year to a writer who expresses in her or his writing the freedom of the individual in society. Audience members had been asked to arrive early, presumably so they’d be on time. But, not unusually in a city where only the Israel Philharmonic is guaranteed to be punctual, it started late. We were waiting for the mayor.


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