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To the west, Old Katamon branches out into several neighbourhoods collectively called the “Katamonim” (plural of Katamon; officially Gonenim, lit. “Defenders”), built in the early years of the state to accommodate the large wave of new immigrants, previously living in tent camps.[39] These neighborhoods were assigned Hebrew numerals : Katamon Khet (“Katamon 8”), Katamon Tet (“Katamon 9), etc. Some of those neighborhoods have a second name. Katamon Hei (5) is also called San Simon Neighborhood,[40] a part of Katamon Het (8) and Katamon tet (9) is sometimes called San Martin Neighborhood,[41] and Katamon zayn (7) is Pat neighborhood.

Katamon Khet was built at the end of the 1950s, and Katamon Tet in the mid-1960s. The Katamonim are characterized by long apartment blocks on pillars, providing low-cost housing. Some of the buildings are still government-owned, although the Amidar housing company sold many of the apartments to the residents in the 1970s.[39] The neighborhood hosts a well-known WIZO community center called after Helena Kagan.

Prior to the Six-Day War in June 1967, the Katamonim were on the Jordanian-Israeli armistice line. Massive infrastructure improvement was financed by an urban renewal project known as “Project Renewal” over a period of two decades. Many small apartments were combined into larger ones and the outward appearance of the apartment blocks was improved.[39] Since the 1990s, many Russian and Ethiopian immigrants have been given housing there.[39]

The Jerusalem Tennis Center, founded in 1981 and dedicated in 1982 by the Jewish community of South Africa in memory of Yossi Zeituni, a tennis coach who fell in the Lebanon War, is located in the Katamonim. The center has 19 courts and a stadium with seating for 2,000 spectators.[39]

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