US embassy in Jerusalem worries retirees next door

Posters praising President Donald Trump hanging along the streets near the new US embassy in Jerusalem. When embassy staff move in, 450 retirees, including Madam Bela Winokul (above), will lose their home.
Posters praising President Donald Trump hanging along the streets near the new US embassy in Jerusalem. When embassy staff move in, 450 retirees, including Madam Bela Winokul, will lose their home.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Posters praising President Donald Trump hanging along the streets near the new US embassy in Jerusalem. When embassy staff move in, 450 retirees, including Madam Bela Winokul (above), will lose their home.
Posters praising President Donald Trump hanging along the streets near the new US embassy in Jerusalem. When embassy staff move in, 450 retirees, including Madam Bela Winokul (above), will lose their home.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Residents of retirement home, which will become part of complex, must vacate by 2020

In the south of Jerusalem lies what is probably now the world's most protected retirement home.

Dozens of armed guards patrol around the large, cube-shaped building covered with beige limestone and glass panes. Called Diplomat, the former hotel houses 450 elderly residents who are immigrants.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 12, 2018, with the headline 'US embassy in Jerusalem worries retirees next door'. Print Edition | Subscribe