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Audio: Jerusalem Election Special: Jews in Arab Neighborhoods

A Jerusalem municipal elections special. Part 1 of a series. Interview with Arieh King and Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz.
10/2/2013, 8:51 AM

A7 Radio's "Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast" with Ben Bresky
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Segment 1: Arieh King of the United Jerusalem / Outlying Neighborhoods Slate wants more Jewish residents to move to neighborhoods that are historically Jewish but in modern times predominantly Arab in population. To facilitate this, he proposes investing in these neighborhoods he says are neglected and dirty, building the light rail up to Atarot and Adam, and building a Luna Park in either Pisgat Zeev or Gilo. Will it help the Arabic-speaking population? Yes, but King says he doesn't care who lives there as long as its safe, secure, clean and has adequate infrastructure. How is this plan different from a left-wing liberal agenda? Find out in this controversial interview.

Segment 2: Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz lives in what he calls the Berkeley, California of Jerusalem, the Nachlaot neighborhood. Now his local activism has led him to run for office with the Yerushalmim party. What is this rabbi's opinion of public places being open in Shabbat? What does being "religious" on city council mean? How does the municipality relate to the ongoing negotiations with the PA? And what can an American-born rabbi do to help clean up the city he loves? Find out.

Coming soon: Interviews with Mayor Nir Barkat, Moshe Leon and other candidates. 

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Ben Bresky is a music journalist and recording engineer living in Jerusalem. He hosts The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviewing a wide range of Jewish and Israeli musicians from Carlebach to klezmer, from hasidic to trance. For full archives visit
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