Ateret Cohanim takes over parts of the Central Post Office Building
The organization of Ateret Cohanim revealed on Thursday that it had bought parts of the Central Post Office Building in Salah Eddin Street in Jerusalem. In an e-mail message sent to members of Ateret Cohanim, Daniel Luria, the executive director of the group noted they had “bought more than 1,000 square meters in a big and strategic building located in front of the Old City, in the area between Damascus and Herod’s Gates. It is the building of the central post office.” Ateret Cohanim, an organization buying properties for Jews in Jerusalem’s Old City intends to turn the building into a religious Jewish school, housing for students and some facilities. According to Haaretz newspaper, the building was bought thanks to a generous donor and the group would gain control of the building during Passover in mid-April. The executive director said: “This coincides with the feast of Purim, which is a time for generosity.” He also asked members to donate towards the building of a kitchen, bedrooms, hall and offices. He said that this is the biggest seizure of an Arabic building in the area that is considered the heart of the commercial center in East Jerusalem The building is under the Israeli Land Authority which rented it to the Israeli Post Authority; note that it was built during the times of the Jordanian rule, and now includes a post office and a police station.