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Jerusalem’s secular minority battles to hold its own

November 13, 2012

Kiryat Yovel neighborhood is latest focus of capital’s culture war between Jewish conservatism and pluralism
By Lauren E. Bohn JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of people packed a Jerusalem community center recently for what many in Jerusalem consider a subversive act: They attended a lecture on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath.

The seemingly harmless event, in which the popular Arab-Israeli journalist Sayed Kashua talked about pluralism and tolerance, broke a long-standing ban on holding activities in public buildings on the Jewish day of rest.

That turned Kiryat Yovel, a tranquil neighborhood in west Jerusalem, into the latest battleground in Jerusalem’s protracted culture war between Jewish conservatism and pluralism.

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