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Jerusalem's mayor seeks to transform Palestinian Wadi Joz to 'Silicon Wadi,' but the geopolitics could spell an uphill battle

Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson
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East Jerusalem's Wadi Joz Street, between Mount Scopus, the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the Old City, has been lined with car repair shops going back to Jordanian times. The street is also home to car accessory and building supply shops and restaurants.

Like most of the streets in East Jerusalem, Wadi Joz has no sidewalks and the buildings are a hodgepodge of Jordanian structures, tin shacks and improvised shelters interspersed with modern buildings. The street that leads to it from Sheikh Jarrah, Othman bin Afan, usually makes headlines because of Jews' efforts to evict the Palestinian families who live on the street or over clashes between Jews and Palestinians. But according to the plan approved by the Jerusalem municipality last week, the two streets will change unrecognizably.

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