THE mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, in condemning last Tuesday’s terror attack on worshippers in a synagogue, observed that the synagogue was “in the heart of Jerusalem.”
It wasn’t always so.
That synagogue was in Har Nof.
This neighborhood wasn’t always “the heart of Jerusalem.”
In fact, when Har Nof was founded, it wasn’t clear whether it was in Jerusalem at all.
The elastic status of that neighborhood is a microcosm of the entire Jewish-Arab conflict over the past 133 years.
Flashback: 1985. The 200 or so residents of Har Nof — who now number in the tens of thousands — were engaged in deep debate at Purim time.