Thursday, December 27, 2007
And Uzziyahu Built Towers in Jerusalem...
The Sephardi businessman (the formless man with the kippa, behind the architectrix with the drawing) decided to add a third floor, making it now a large commercial building. The added floor will house offices, so there is little need for water and sewage pipes - maybe. In a calculated way, he is adding small changes each time, in the classic salami method, possibly to avoid me (and others) asking for a larger fee. I shall have to check my contract if it specifies two floors, if so, I may be able to demand a higher fee.
The building is advancing very fast. He has fifty Palestinians working around, gross wood planks are flying and iron rods are hammered with brutality, the concrete is very bad quality, and there is no finish. But the first floor is already lined with "Jerusalem stone" facing and starting to look nice. The Sephardi may be planning opening a shop on the street level while the other floors are being built. Now I see how large is this building, this small-time basta owner in the market is in his way of becoming very wealthy. The shopping center is near the Jerusalem - Ramallah road crossing, and the people from Adam, Ali, Bethel and other villages are coming to shop in the place. I can see that this project will be very successful. On the way to Jerusalem had to pass a border police check-point in an opening of the wall, "manned" by bored Ethiopian girl-soldiers with painted blond hair.