The neighborhood of Bab al-Majles al-Islami, also known as Bab a-Nazer, is located in the very heart of Jerusalem’s Old City. It lies immediately to the east of al-Wad St., the main street which leads from Damascus Gate to the entrance to the Western Wall. Perpendicular to al-Wad St., a street about 100 meters long runs east across the neighborhood, connecting al-Wad St. to the al-Aqsa Mosque. It is a historical area where, until recently, Old City residents led rich community and cultural lives. The photos below were taken by Yoav Gross, Director of B’Tselem’s Video Department, when he and Mus’ab ‘Abbas, our field researcher in East Jerusalem, visited the neighborhood.
The neighborhood of Bab al-Majles is home to about 350 residents. It is also where the Islamic Waqf offices are located. It is a small neighborhood, comprising two private homes and five apartment complexes, known as “huash”, each built around an inner courtyard. Read more about the neighborhood.