Netanyahu halts security barrier between Jerusalem neighborhoods

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped the erecting of a concrete barrier between a Jewish and an Arab neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem.

On Monday, Netanyahu reportedly called for a stop to the security barrier of portable concrete slabs between the Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber and the Jewish neighborhood of East Talpiot, the Times of Israel reported.

Several Israeli lawmakers criticized the wall, saying it was dividing the city.

The barrier was erected Sunday because of Arab youths throwing rocks and firebombs. The concrete blocks resembled part of the West Bank security barrier.

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