Israeli Contractor Plans Jewish-only Residential Project in Jaffa

U.S. immigrant and newly religious contractor Yaakov Hayman says vision of private 'Pearl of Jaffa' project is 'for Jaffa to be Jewish.'

Chaim Levinson
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A group of religious-Zionist Israelis committed to Judaizing Arab neighborhoods of Jaffa plans on building a new residential project that will cater to and be subsidized exclusively for Jews.

The project is being headed by a contractor named Yaakov Hayman, a secular-born religious U.S. immigrant to Israel who has spearheaded Jewish-only projects in recent years.

Hayman, a former resident of Itamar now living in Jerusalem, owned a construction company that exclusively employed Jewish workers. He currently manages a project in Jaffa managed by Be’emunah, a construction company catering to the religious-Zionist community.

The new project, called "the pearl of Jaffa," is Hayman's private initiative. Pamphlets distributed to the religious-Zionist community in recent weeks publicized "significant discounts on housing prices, walking distance from the beach promenade and a Sukkah balcony in each apartment."

Hayman plans to build 12 residential units on Yefet Street, Jaffa's busy main thoroughfare, on a plot where several dilapidated buildings now stand. Its owners are selling the plot for $1,516,010 (5.3 million shekels).

A tour for potential buyers was conducted Monday, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Hayman said the project is being marketed to the religious sector, but that any Jew could purchase an apartment if they commit to maintaining a religious-friendly atmosphere.

"The ultimate vision is for Jaffa to be Jewish," he said. "Any Jew who buys an apartment in Jaffa raises the chances of more Jews buying apartments here."

The potential buyers inquired about relations with Arab neighbors, to which Hayman's wife, Varda, replied: "There are both Arabs and Jews here. It seems like there are a lot of Arabs, because they make a lot of noise."

If Hayman succeeds in purchasing the plot, it will be inhabited within two years.

Sketch of the future Jewish-only project in Jaffa.
Ya'akov Hayman.

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