To the Editor:
David Bar-Illan [“Next Year in (a Divided?) Jerusalem,” September 1994] attacks me and my views on the future of Jerusalem based on an article of mine that appeared the Washington Post. It is legitimate for Mr. Bar-Illan, the editor of the formerly great Jerusalem Post, to differ with me (even if he is wrong) and I will not write a diatribe about why I believe he is incorrect. I do, however, wish to correct one major flaw in his article in which he accuses me of lying.
In my article, I claimed that the municipality of Jerusalem has severely discriminated against its Arab population by investing next to nothing in development and services in Arab neighborhoods. In response, Mr. Bar-Illan quotes Teddy Kollek: Jerusalem has spent “no less money on the Arab part of the city than on the Jewish section.” He further mentions improvements in electricity, sewage, water, and, of course, the health clinic that was built in the Sheikh Jarah neighborhood—“the largest, most modern clinic in the city,” according to Mr. Bar-Illan. Finally, Mr. Bar-Illan calls Teddy Kollek one of “Israel’s leading doves.”
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