January 08, 2006

Demographic business as usual even without Sharon

Ha'aretz reports that there is a "conference to be held on achieving Jewish majority in Acre."
A conference on finding ways to achieve a permanent Jewish majority in Acre is to be held on Sunday in the northern Jewish-Arab city. The convention, the first of its kind, was initiated by the New Forum for Strengthening the Jewish community in Acre, lead by council member Muli Cohen, a member of Mayor Shimon Lankri's faction in the city council.

Over the weekend, Cohen told a local newspaper that Acre has the right to exist as a mixed city only if it has a permanent Jewish majority. "The real solution is to establish appropriate institutions so that the city would be able to receive nationalist ultra-Orthodox families," he told the Zafon1 newspaper.

The Acre municipality said in response that "the mayor supports any activity that may advance the city and bring in strong populations to advance it."
I'm fairly certain that these conferences would still take place without Sharon and even under the Geneva Accords. Worse still, any recommendations they make could still be implemented.

Also posted at Lenin's Tomb.

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