Can the Rock of Gibraltar Tame the Lions of Jerusalem?

Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum tries to model Israel’s future shared society

Fleur Hassan-Nahoum’s work as Jerusalem’s “Foreign Minister”—her real title is Deputy Mayor in charge of foreign relations, international economic development and tourism—normally keeps her on the go all day. But now, like everyone else, she is stuck at home. She decided to stay in almost a week before the government’s order to try to quell the spread of COVID-19.


“I was meeting people face-to-face, trying to meet outdoors on the benches of Safra Square”—the site of the Jerusalem municipality—“because I thought it was safer. But then I started to panic. What am I doing? I have four children,” she recounted. Like so many others, Hassan-Nahoum has now moved her busy workday to video conferencing on Zoom.


On the morning she spoke on the phone with Tablet, Hassan-Nahoum also spoke with a Palestinian-American orthopedist who owns orthopedic parts factories around the world.


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