The Price of Philanthropy
[Today] the Jerusalem District Court will hold the first hearing on a motion against Yad Hanadiv, which operates in Israel on behalf of a number of Rothschild family trusts, and the National Library Construction Company which will build the new National Library of Israel building in Jerusalem. The petitioner, architect Dr. Rafi Segal, wants the court to declare him the winner in the design competition for the new building and to issue an injunction against contracting with any other architect for this purpose.
Who makes the decisions about the building of Israel’s public and cultural buildings? Are public buildings a national asset, or does he who pays the piper calls the tune?