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Jerusalem Mayor Explains Opposition of Population to Placing City Under U.N. Control

Mayor Daniel Auster of Jerusalem, who is here enroute to The Hague to attend the International Conference of Mayors meeting, explained at a press conference today the political and economic reasons for Jerusalem’s resistance to internationalization. He said that international control of Jerusalem, “by ignoring the will of the population, is contrary to the United Nations Charter and the right to self-determination.”

Replying to questions concerning the Neturei Karta–the ultra-Orthodox religious sect opposed to the Israel Government–Mayor Auster said the group is “completely insignificant” and added that the Jerusalem municipality is now studying the introduction of Sabbath observance laws covering the closing of stores and the halting of vehicular traffic on Saturdays. He stressed, however, that there is “no intention to interfere in the private lives” of the city’s residents.