Damage to Jerusalem’s Light Rail by Arab Rioters Could Take Months to Repair – Nir Hasson
(dailyalert.org, July 4, 2014)
Jerusalem’s light rail is a symbol of the city’s unification. The system serves all the city’s residents and became a shared space for Jews and Palestinians. As a result of the heavy damage to the light rail system by Palestinian rioters on Wednesday – stations smashed and set on fire, long expanses of rubber along the tracks set alight, signal and lighting poles toppled, stones between the tracks pulled up, and electricity and communication boxes set on fire – it could take months of repairs before service is restored to the Arab neighborhoods of Shuafat and Beit Hanina, and to the Jewish neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev. (Ha’aretz)
See also Behind the Rioting in Jerusalem – Pinhas Inbari
The Arab rioting in eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods on Wednesdayindicates that the Palestinian Authority has little control over Palestinians in the city. The PA is not calling for riots but for calm. It seeks to recruit the Muslim world’s tourist traffic to Jerusalem in order to emphasize the non-Jewish character of the city.
Because Hamas wants to inflame the city, it opposes Muslim tourism, as does the global Muslim Brotherhood movement. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)