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Jerusalem Light Rail Service to Shuafat Already Restored

Monday, July 14th, 2014

The CityPass Jerusalem Light Rail service has already been restored to Shuafat, despite the best efforts of local Arabs — and their declared public vow — that it would ‘never’ run in the neighborhood again.

Following the murder of 16 year old Muhhamad Abu Khdeir, Jerusalem Arabs went on an extended rampage, with three of the Light Rail stops being the first target of their rage. But it turns out the CityPass Jerusalem Light Rail service wasn’t just trashed by rioters in the Arab Shuafat neighborhood, it was systematically destroyed.

Arab teams came in with jack hammers to reach the copper cable wire running by the tracks while other teams came with equipment to saw off massive electric poles as others brought in trucks to pour cement on tracks while fuel was poured on the tracks to burn off the rubber elements.

Discussion groups on the Internet speculated that it would take up to a year to restore service and that the service would run next to Shuafat rather than through the middle of the neighborhood.

Why the systematic destruction? One veteran Israeli reporter told the Independent Media Review & Analysis (IMRA) that Fatah was behind the move as they control the taxi service from Shuafat to the rest of the city and destroying the light rail was a move to restore a major source of income.

But it didn’t take a year to restore service.

This Sunday CityPass was already running their trains per the regular schedule.

CityPass COO Shay Eisenberg told IMRA that while the service is up and running there is a lot of work yet to be completed. Since the traffic lights in the neighborhood and communications were destroyed, the train “has to cross intersections like a car without a traffic light”. The two stations in Shuafat were completely destroyed so passengers board in a makeshift arrangement.

Based on what Eisenberg says, it appears that Fatah’s coffers are not going to benefit from their assault on Jerusalem light rail services.

Jerusalem Light Rail Service Restored

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Full Jerusalem Light Rail service has been restored from Har Herzl to Pisgat Ze’ev, including through Shuafat, according to an Arutz-7 report.

The section in Shuafat was destroyed last week, in rioting by Jerusalem Arabs.

War Zone Graffiti in Jerusalem

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Arabs and Jews are spray painting respective war zone graffiti in areas of the capital this week.

In most Arab neighborhoods, one can find ‘Death to the Jews’ and a few swastikas spray-painted in Arabic and sometimes in Hebrew – even occasionally in English – on various walls and other sites.

Early Wednesday, two lines – ‘Death to Arabs’ and ‘price tag’ – were spray-painted in the center of Jerusalem as well. These lines may have been scrawled by Jews who are fed up with Arab violence and the wanton destruction throughout the capital.

Arabs have totally destroyed multiple stops of the new Jerusalem Light Rail, whose infrastructure has been demolished along the track serving neighborhoods in the periphery.

Severe Damage to JM Light Rail Following Arab Riots

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

JERUSALEM – Arab rioting in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Shu’afat and Beit Hanina over the past week have left segments of the city in shambles. One of the primary targets of the vandals was the Jerusalem Light Rail system, which they view as a symbol of Israeli sovereignty and of a unified Jerusalem, while using the same Light Rail to go to and from work every day.

Yesterday (June 7), CityPass, the company running of the rail system, conducted a tour, with police protection, to survey the damage.

Two stations within the Shu’afat neighborhood were completely destroyed.

All traffic lights, control systems and ticket selling machines were broken or burned; traffic signs were torn out of their place and shattered. concrete was poured into the rails. There were attempts to saw down the massive electric polls along the rails.

CityPass’s preliminary assessment is that the cost of the damage stands at millions of shekels, and it is estimated that it will take months to repair the system.

Yaron Ravid, CEO of Citypass, has been in constant contact with the police, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministry of Transportation.

Uzael Vatik, CityPass’ spokesman stated: “First of all, we want to fix the rail going through Shu’afat so we can get to Pisgat Zeev and get them back their service.”

The 45,000 Israeli residents of Pisgat Zeev were almost completely cut off from public transportation during the rioting, as the Jerusalem Light Rail doesn’t have an alternative route around Beit Hanina and Shuafat.

Citypass’s second goal is to restore the two stations in Shu’afat, that were destroyed by Shu’afat’s residents.

Approximately one-third of the passengers that use the Jerusalem Light Rail are residents of Shu’afat and Beit Hanina.

“We must remember that at the end of the day the people that suffer from this situation are the residents who use this train to get to the center of town, and now they cannot. We need to understand that the light rail is a microcosm of Jerusalem. The train goes through Arab and Jewish neighborhoods and they all use it. That’s the beauty of Jerusalem and we need to be careful with this delicate reality. ”

At this stage the train is only partially operational.

Violent Arabs Again Target Jerusalem Light Rail

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Jerusalem Arabs are continuing to target the Jerusalem Light Rail in violence intended to ensure the transit system will “never pass through Shuafat,” a northern Arab suburb of the capital.

Shuafat is also home to the family of 16 year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who was murdered last week. Six Jewish suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the case, and three have reportedly confessed to the crime.

Three Light Rail stops were utterly destroyed last week by Arab rioters, despite the fact that the rail is used by Arab commuters on a daily basis, as well as Jews, to reach their jobs in the city.

Nevertheless, extremist Arabs have said they are determined to destroy the Light Rail’s infrastructure to ensure the rail system cannot pass through Shuafat “ever.” Officials, meanwhile, have said it will take months to repair the damage to the stops once the violence has ceased.

The route of the Jerusalem Light Rail currently ends at Ammunition Hill (Givat HaTachmoshit), as it is no longer possible to use the infrastructure at Shuafat and Beit Hanina. This also cuts off access for the numerous Jewish residents who live in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Neve Yaakov.

Self Destructive Behavior

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Arabs in Shuafat spent the weekend destroying the Jerusalem Light Rail’s infrastructure.

In the photo above, you can can see an Arab cutting down the electric pole that supplies electricity to the train. Arabs also both uprooted tracks, and poured concrete into the tracks to the tune of tens of millions of shekels of damage.

Israel is now weighing constructing an alternative route that avoids these Arab neighborhoods.

The train continues to run, but stops short of those neighborhoods.

What is most fascinating about this behavior is that from all Jerusalem combined, 1/3 of the passengers that use and rely on the train are from the Arab neighborhoods of Shuafat and Beit Hanina.

Even more fascinating is that, I believe, approximately half the workers on the Jerusalem Light Rail are Arabs.

Arabs also make up 100% of the population that has been throwing stones at the train since it went into operation.

This self-destructive Arab behavior is evident as Israeli-Arabs around the country try to foment a civil war, a war that will only bring misery down upon themselves.

First major injury from Jerusalem Light Rail

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The Jerusalem Light Rail had it first major accident this morning involving a pedestrian. An elderly man  was standing on the tracks when the Light Rail, unable to stop in time, hit him. The severely injured man was taken to the hospital. No other details are known at this time.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/first-major-injury-from-jerusalem-light-rail/2011/11/28/

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