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December 18, 2014 / 26 Kislev, 5775
 
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UPDATED: Arab Attacks Jerusalem Light Rail Guard – Get Taken Down [video]

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

CORRECTION: We initially reported this as two separate attacks. There was only one incident. There was some confusion as to the exact location from the different reports we received.

An Arab attacked a guard on the Jerusalem Light rail on Thursday morning, according to an 0404 News report.

The incident took place near Sha’ar Shechem (Damascus Gate) when an Arab tried to attack a Jerusalem Light Rail guard near the Old City.

Within seconds, the well-trained Jerusalem Light Rail guards had the man on the floor and handcuffed.

A Border Police patrol in the area then arrested the man.

The man who was arrested is reportedly supposed to be under house arrest for a separate security incident.

Video by Moti Struk / Tazpit News Agency

Israel Railways Going ‘Electric’

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Israel Railways, which until now has used diesel to fuel its trains, is converting to electricity in a move that is expected to bring a 20 percent savings in energy costs. The plan is also expected to save the railway 30 percent in maintenance costs, while increasing the speed and reliability of the trains.

The plan advanced by Transportation and Road Safety Minister Yisrael Katz was approved this week by the ministerial committee for internal affairs, services and local government.

A complex system of control systems, transformer stations and at least 420 kilometers of existing and planned railway lines is set to be “electrified” under the plan.

The first electric train arrived in Israel last March; lines to be converted first will be the rapid-transit Tel Aviv-Jerusalem route and the Akko-Karmiel line, both of which are currently being built.

Jerusalem Light Rail’s New ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Arab Violence

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The CityPass company that owns and manages the Jerusalem Light Rail has implemented a new zero-tolerance policy for Arab violence aimed at the passenger line.

Guards on the train and inside train stations are now being instructed to act with zero tolerance against Arabs suspected of perpetrating attacks against the Light Rail.

Two Arab suspects were asked a short time ago to undergo a brief security check. They refused and instead attacked the guards. Within seconds, both found themselves on the ground, neutralized by the Light Rail guards, who held them until Israel Police arrived to take them into custody.

According to the Hebrew-language 0404 website, Long before the murder of Shuafat teen Mohamed Abu Kdeir this summer, Arabs attacked Light Rail guards, refused spot checks and cursed and attacked citizens riding on the train. They nevertheless were allowed to benefit from the service available to other riders.

Eyewitnesses told “0404” the suspects were screaming in order to create a provocation.

“No one started up with them,” one person said. “They attacked first, (when guards attempted a security check) and then they arrested them. They were screaming like crazy.”

Light Rail guards who are very professional and effective in their work have been given instructions that from this point forward, the safety and serenity of the riders on the train is to be maintained at all costs.

Jerusalem Intifada Puts A Third of Light Rail Out of Action

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Jerusalem’s Light Rail cars are reduced by one third due to Arab intifada attacks, also referred to as ‘travel terror’ or ‘rock attacks.’

“Due to continued and repeated rock-throwing that inflicts damage to the trains, this morning we only have 16 operable trains out of a total of 23,” the CityPass company that operates the line announced Sunday morning (Sept. 7).

“What that means is that fewer than needed trains are active on the line, and the frequency of trains throughout the line will be harmed,” the statement continued.

The line has become a favored target for Arab terrorism particularly in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, where three stops were totally destroyed at the start of the summer. It took weeks before the infrastructure and the furnishings could be properly repaired.

The riots spiked over the murder of an Arab teen who lived in Shuafat that followed by a day the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists. It was later revealed that three suspects in the Arab teen’s murder were mentally ill, including the main suspect who was a man in his 20s, with a history of severe psychiatric disturbance.

Since that murder, Arabs have rioted regularly in that neighborhood and nearby Beit Hanina, hurling rocks and firebombs at the Light Rail as it passes through the area. Each time a car is damaged or a window smashed, the repairs cost thousands of shekels and it takes days or weeks before the cars are returned to service. Passengers are traumatized and several times service has been curtailed at stops terminating before the area.

This leaves passengers in the northern Jerusalem neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze’ev, Neve Yaakov and elsewhere without service.

The increasing phenomenon of ‘travel terror’ aimed at the Light Rail – and its accompanying phenomenon, ‘road terror,’ in which rocks and firebombs are hurled at vehicles traveling along roads throughout Israel – can be deadly.

Last month a young father from the southern Hebron Hills was critically injured in a Judea road terror attack near El Aroub, on Highway 60, while driving with his wife and baby daughter. A couple of years ago Kiryat Arba resident Asher Palmer and his baby son Yonaton died exactly the same way, on the same road, just a few miles south.

Security personnel and professional drivers all know: rocks and firebombs (Molotov cocktails) hurled at moving vehicles are as lethal a weapon as gunfire or rockets.

Moving Target

Monday, May 19th, 2014

A video released from Gaza has Israeli defense officials worried. The video shows a passenger train traveling between Ashkelon and Sderot being filmed from Beit Hanoun within Gaza, while a cameraman can be heard in the background snapping pictures.

If the train can be seen, tracked and filmed from Gaza, just a few hundred meters away, then the train and tracks can also be hit by an anti-tank missile or rocket from Gaza.

On April 7, 2011, Hamas terrorists in Gaza targeted a nearly empty school bus near Kibbutz Sa’ad in Shaar HaNegev with a laser-guided Kornet anti-tank missile. The attack killed a teenager, Daniel Viflic, the last student on the bus.

The IDF has given its recommendations to the government for protecting the train.

Based on previous solutions, the question is, did the IDF recommend building a bomb shelter over the entire length of the train tracks, placing a transportable missile shield over the train, install a warning siren so the passengers have a half-second to duck for cover, or simply not running the train at all? It’s doubtful the solution will be to disarm Gaza.

Electric Train for Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Line Arrives

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Israel Railways has received its first electric train, and will operate it on the new Jerusalem-Tel Aviv line which is under construction but has been delayed and now is scheduled to open in 2018.

The electric trains will also operate on the line between Akko, north of Haifa, and Carmiel, east of Mediterranean Coast.

Israel Railways has ordered from Bombardier 72 trains, which meet European fire standards and will allow speeds of up to 100 miles an hour.

Each electric train will carry six cars and can seat 750 passengers, Globes reported.

Israeli March Protests Railway Route to Eilat

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

A small group of activists are protesting government plans to build a railway line to Eilat.

A group of nearly two dozen youth and young adults marched from Dimona to the Red Sea resort city at the tip of the Negev this weekend to protest the plans.

The protesters and other naturalists are fighting the plan because they fear the railway will destroy the delicate ecosystem that exists in the area. Current plans call for the route to pass through 37 kilometers of nature reserves.

Critics also say that construction on the line may endanger coral reefs in the Red Sea off the southern coast in the Gulf of Aqaba near Eilat.

The plan, approved about nine months ago, is intended to creating a “land bridge” between Europe and Asia. It is aimed at bypassing the Suez Canal in order to ensure that Israeli and international shippers will have an alternative shipping route should the Egyptians ever again decide to close that artery.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israeli-march-protests-railway-route-to-eilat/2014/03/30/

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