Kollek Says Most of East Jerusalem Population is Cooperating with Israelis

Mayor Teddy Kollek of Jerusalem said today that while Arab notables in the East Jerusalem areas that have been reunified with the city have been cooler and more reserved lately in their attitude towards the Israeli authorities, most of the Arab civilian population is cooperating with the authorities to an increasing degree.

Since the city was reunified following the war last June, Mayor Kollek said, 22 kilometers (nearly 14 miles) of road had been paved in the eastern section of the city, 500 street-lights installed in the walled Old City and 700 in the newer Arab areas outside the walls. He said that 12 walls erected as barriers against snipers had been torn down and 180 old structures in the former no-man’s land between the Israeli and Jordanian sectors had been razed.

As part of the program to modernize the newly unified areas, Mr. Kollek said, 14 kilometers of water pipes (nearly 9 miles) had been laid to bring fresh water to the area. To beautify the new areas, he added, 3,000 trees had been planted.

Repairs have been completed on 28 Arab school buildings in the new area, he reported, and the program of health examinations for every pupil has been completed in 20 of the schools.

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