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Protests Mount Against Construction of 8-story Hotel in Central Jerusalem

A group of conservationists and other citizens said today that they would make an all-out effort to prevent the construction of an eight-story hotel in the Omariyah Park in the center of Jerusalem. The group, calling itself the Council for a Beautiful Israel, claimed that a meeting of the District Planning Committee which approved the hotel was Illegal because the public was not represented as required by law. The Committee chairman claimed the complainants had misinterpreted the law.

The proposed 350-room hotel is to be built by El Al, Israel’s airline. Parents of children attending a school on the park grounds have protested the Planning Committee’s recommendation to raze the school to make room for the hotel. The conservationists are planning an appeal to the National Planning and Building Council. They say the hotel would ruin the park and spoil the view of the Old City skyline.