Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is making good on a promise to improve the standard of living and infrastructure in the city’s Arab neighborhoods. One example is the East Jerusalem village of Umm Tuba near the large Jewish neighborhood of Har Homa. The municipality has resurfaced roads and built stylish brick sidewalks, and new classrooms have been added on to the elementary school.
“In recent years the municipality has really been making an effort with regard to the Arab population,” Umm Tuba resident Hassan Abu Tir told Israel Today. “We can go on yelling that Jews have no right to be in Jerusalem, unlike us Muslims, but life under Jewish rule is better for us than under Muslim rule.”