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July 30, 2016 / 24 Tammuz, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem Light Rail’

Police Report on the Attempted Bombing of the Jerusalem Light Rail

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

The police released a statement detailing the attempted terror attack this morning at the Jerusalem Light Rail:

At 9 AM on Sunday, a Jerusalem Light Rail a guard protecting the train station at the corner of Yafo and King George Street noticed a young man standing behind the train station holding a bag, and he looked suspicious.

The guard approached him to check his bag, and found inside an improvised explosive device.

The guard acting professionally and responsibly quickly moved the civilians away who were standing nearby, detained the terrorist and called the police.

Within minutes a large number of police officers arrived, moved the civilians away and closed the streets. Simultaneously, sappers began neutralizing the bomb.

Three pipe bombs were found inside the bag, connected to an ignition wire, a cellphone, and knives.

The sappers neutralized the bombs and removed them from the area.

The terrorist, a resident of the territories [Palestinian Authority], was arrested and sent to interrogation.

The Jerusalem Police Chief said, “The professional actions of the municipal guard prevented a major terror attack against innocent civilians as well as tremendous damage.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

Jerusalem Mayor Praises Train Guards for Stopping the Terror Attack

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat praised the Jerusalem Light Rail’s guards for their vigilance which resulted in the foiling of the terror attack this morning.

Barkat said, “This morning, thanks to the vigilance of the Jerusalem municipality guards of the Light Rail a major attack was prevented. The guards stationed at the Light Rail are part of the fabric of the human shield of Jerusalem against the terrorists who are trying to sow terror and fear. Our message to the public is to continue the routine, vigilant and never give in to terrorism. We must pursue the terrorists everywhere without compromise and without restraint, while continuing to develop and strengthen Jerusalem. We can be proud of the security men of the Jerusalem Municipality and the policemen of Jerusalem with their great devotion and willingness to risk their lives to save the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thank you on behalf of local residents.”

Jerusalem resident Miriam Schwab described the scene on her Facebook page:

I’m on the bus to work and we come to a complete standstill. The bus driver tells us it’s a suspicious object, and opens the door so we can get off and walk since it looks like it will be a while. Oh man, I sigh, and start walking. I figure I’ll try to catch the light rail. I get to King George and Jaffa Road, and it’s crawling with police and taped off. More serious looking than your typical “suspicious object” situation. What’s going on, I ask two guys standing next to me. One of them saw it all: a terrorist with a bomb was going to get on the light rail. One of the train guards saw him and suspected him. He risked his life, tackled him, and neutralized the threat. That’s what I know so far. I’m a little bit freaking out, but at the same time am in awe of people like this guard who risk their lives to save all of ours. We are surrounded by heroes. Update: the guard who stopped the terrorist is a Druze Arab.

Jewish Press News Briefs

UPDATE – Terrorist Bombing Foiled near Jerusalem Train [video]

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Israel Police reported that an Arab man attempting to board the Jerusalem light rail at 9:10 AM Sunday was carrying an explosive charge on his person. The attempted terror attack happened at the train stop near the corner of King George and Jaffa (Yafo) Streets, in central Jerusalem,

The man, who was standing next to the train stop raised the suspicions of train security guards who inquired about his shoulder bag. A guard examined the bag and found multiple pipe bombs inside.

The terrorist is a Palestinian Authority Arab in his twenties from Beit Ula in the Har Hebron region. He was detained and the entire area was quickly cordoned off.

Police and sappers are examining and dealing with the explosives bag.

The terrorist was arrested and taken to a local police station for interrogation.

The areas around Yafo Street and King George are currently shut down to all traffic.

The constantly alert Jerusalem light Rail guards saved many lives today.

The terrorist arrived at downtown Jerusalem on an Egged bus, but didn’t blow the bombs up on the bus as he wanted to explode them on the Jerusalem train.

Police are checking the area to see if he was not alone.

10:26 AM – Police have declared the event over. The Jerusalem Light Rail is running again.


Natan Epstein, who was on the train at the time, reports from the field what he saw:

David Israel

Jerusalem Light Rail Expansion Approved, City to Add More Lines

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

The city of Jerusalem has approved two more Light Rail lines in the holy city, a Green Line and a Blue Line. The go-ahead was given at a municipal planning meeting last month.

The current Red Line is also to be extended, north to the Neve Yaakov neighborhood, and south to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

“I am happy to see that Jerusalem will go from having one successful Light Rail line to a network of three lines,” Transportation Minister Israel Katz said after the approvals were passed. “Light rail has significantly changed the city’s transportation… Jerusalem deserves a light rail system like that in Europe.”

The approximately 19.6 kilometer route set for the Green Line begins in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo and will pass through the Jerusalem Convention Center, known in Hebrew as Binyanei Ha’Uma, where the “A-1” fast line railway has a terminus. It will cross the current Red Line on Herzog Boulevard, and run up to Mount Scopus.

The Green line is currently set to include 36 stops to service an expected ridership of 200,000 passengers per day, according to the Railway Gazette website.

The Blue Line is set to run about 23 kilometers from the northwestern Ramot neighborhood through the center of the city out to the eastern Talpiot neighborhood, and then on to Gilo.

The Blue line will include branches to the Malcha Mall and to Mount Scopus as well, with 42 stops and an expected ridership of some 250,000 passengers per day.

Hana Levi Julian

3 IDF Soldiers Hurt in Vehicle Terror Attack Near Neve Daniel on Hwy 60

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

An Arab terrorist is believed to have carried out a vehicle ramming attack against IDF soldiers early Wednesday evening as they were traveling in a military vehicle on Highway 60 in Judea, near the Jewish community of Neve Daniel.

The site is about eight minutes’ drive south of Jerusalem. The Arab driver crashed his vehicle head-on into the IDF vehicle.

The terrorist sustained a serious head injury, according to military sources quoted by international media.

Three IDF soldiers, all age 20, were wounded in the attack. One suffered chest and limb wounds and is in serious condition; two others sustained broken bones and other injuries to their limbs. The latter two are in fair condition. All were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Security personnel and IDF soldiers closed down the highway and set up road blocks and launched a search of the area for any accomplices.

This was the second travel attack perpetrated by Arabs on Wednesday.

Rocks were thrown by Arab terrorists at the Jerusalem Light Rail as it made its way through the capital. It’s not the first time the railway has been targeted by terrorists.

The first car on the train was damaged but no one was physically injured. Police are searching for the terrorists.

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Light Rail Damaged in Stone-Throwing Attacks

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Arab terrorists hurled rocks at the Jerusalem Light Rail in two attacks within a 15-minute period mid-afternoon Wednesday as it passed through the northern neighborhood of Shuafat.

At least one window was damaged on the train, but none of the passengers were physically injured.

Hana Levi Julian

Second Light Rail Line Serving Eastern Jerusalem Approved

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

(JNi.media) The Jerusalem Building and Planning Committee on Wednesday approved construction of a second Light Rail line that will run from Gilo in the south to Ramot in the northwest and serve 250,000 residents.

Approval of the new “Blue Line” comes four years after the current “Red Line” was launched, running from Pisgat Ze’ev in northern Jerusalem, through the center of the capital to Mount Herzl.

Wednesday’s decision carries a huge political significance because like the Red Line, the new section will run through neighborhoods claimed by the Palestinian Authority. Connecting the entire city with a Light Rail physically unites the capital and establishes a de facto veto of any idea of dividing it wherever the trains are running.

The Blue Line’s is 12.5 miles long, including a half-mile long tunnel. It will run on Hebron Road, the main artery connecting Gilo and Talpiot. A branch of the Blue Line will serve the Emek Refa’im area and Malkha, which features a high-tech center, an upscale mall, the Teddy sports stadium and a new culture center.

Long-range plans for the Jerusalem Light Rail include a third, “Green Line,” connecting Gilo with Mount Scopus. In addition, work is underway to extend the current Red Line to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

Jerusalem residents are hoping that construction of the Blue Line will be less of a horror show than the building the Red Line, which was plagued with long delays and caused massive inconvenience to shop keepers and pedestrians.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said after the Jerusalem committee’s decision, “We are witnessing a transportation revolution in Jerusalem. The Red Line has proven that a light rail system operating alongside buses is the most efficient way for the capital’s transportation.”

Katz noted that the widening of Highway 1 west of Jerusalem and the construction of a high-speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem rail will also help the city’s growing transportation needs.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat commented, “Jerusalem residents will be able to enjoy shorter travel times, fewer traffic jams, cleaner air and a rejuvenated city.”

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