Mayor of Jerusalem

Mayor of the City of Jerusalem
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Incumbent
Moshe Lion

since December 4, 2018
Residence1 Safra Square, Jerusalem, Israel
Term length5 years
Inaugural holderMusa al-Alami
Office of the Mayor

The Mayor of the City of Jerusalem is head of the executive branch of the political system in Jerusalem, Israel. The Jerusalem Municipality. The mayor's office administers all city services, public property, most public agencies, and enforces all city and state laws within Jerusalem.

The mayor's office is located in Safra Square; it has jurisdiction over all the city's neighborhoods. The mayor appoints a large number of officials, including Directors who head city departments, and his or her deputy mayors.

History

The Jerusalem City Council was established in 1863 during the rule of the Ottoman Empire. From 1948 to 1967 two municipalities operated in the city: an Israeli municipality provided services to the western neighborhoods of the city and a Jordanian municipality to its eastern parts.

By 1840, the Jewish community constituted the largest single religious group in the city.[1] From the 1880s onward, the Jews constituted the majority within the city.[2] However, it was only in 1937, under the British Mandate, that the first Jewish mayor was appointed.