JERUSALEM (Aug. 30)
A new yeshiva was inaugurated over the weekend on Mount Scopus in East Jerusalem, in the heart of an Arab neighborhood.
However, unlike the settlement in April the St. John’s Hospice in the Old City’s Christian Quarter by 150 Jews that caused an international furor, the reaction to this new settlement has been quiet, at least for the time being.
The building which serves the yeshiva was purchased three years ago by an American contributor, for the purpose of housing the National Religious Party headquarters there.
The NRP was reluctant to move from its Tel Aviv headquarters however, and the place was leased to an organization headed by NRP Knesset Member Hanan Porat.
The renovated building is located in heart of a pine grove on a 1.5 acre site, overlooking the eastern side of the Old City. Some 25 yeshiva students began their studies Sunday.
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