|"Police intercede in Orthodox attempt to break up the |
Maccabee football game" (1930s)
Originally, Jerusalem's legendary mayor Teddy Kollek planned that the area, known as the Shuafat ridge, would house a 50,000-seat football stadium, sports facilities and tennis courts.
|Aerial photo of the sports field, adjacent|
to the ultra-Orthodox Meah She'arim
neighborhood (1931). See a view of
the bleachers here, and the field here.
|"Close-up of an Orthodox Jew in the|
crowd." View another close-up with
the police - here (1930s)
Eventually, the stadium was built in southern Jerusalem near Malcha, and the Shuafat ridge became part of a contiguous stretch of ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods.
|"Crowd of mixed Orthodox Jews who arrived on the scene en|
masse to force the discontinuing of the Maccabee footbal game"
Some of the photographs identify the field as "near Bokharbia," perhaps meaning near the Bukhari Jewish neighborhood adjacent to Meah She'arim.
The decades-old issue of Sabbath observance in Jerusalem suggests that this dispute may indeed not be resolvable; rather, like other conflicts in the Middle East, the best one could hope for is that it would be manageable.