Architects, activists slam Jerusalem Old City cable car plan

Israel plans to build a cable car to relieve traffic in Jerusalem’s Old City. (AP)
Updated 14 November 2018
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Architects, activists slam Jerusalem Old City cable car plan

  • Critics said the project is a ploy to entrench Israeli control over the city's contested eastern sector
  • It follows a series of Israeli projects in the combustible city that have enraged the Palestinians

JERUSALEM: An Israeli plan to build a cable car to Jerusalem’s historic Old City has united architects and Palestinian activists in opposition to a project they say is both an eyesore and a ploy to entrench Israeli control over the city’s contested eastern sector.
Developers say the proposed project is meant to relieve snarling traffic and will ferry some 3,000 tourists an hour from the western sector directly to the Old City, in east Jerusalem. It follows a series of Israeli projects in the combustible city that have enraged the Palestinians.
The project is associated with the Elad Foundation, a group that has settled Jewish nationalists in the heart of Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods. The final cable car station will be integrated into a future tourist center run by the organization.


Tension as Israel rolls out barbed wire on Lebanon border

Updated 17 December 2018
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Tension as Israel rolls out barbed wire on Lebanon border

  • The National News Agency said Monday’s incident occurred on the edge of the southern village of Mays Al-Jabalv

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s state-run news agency says Lebanese soldiers have gone on alert after Israeli troops rolled out barbed wire along the border.
The National News Agency said Monday’s incident occurred on the edge of the southern village of Mays Al-Jabal when Israeli troops laid 200-meters (yards) of wire.
A video circulating on social media showed Lebanese soldiers protesting and calling UN peacekeepers to tell Israeli troops standing nearby to push it several meters back.
The Lebanon-Israel border has caught world attention over the past two weeks after Israel said it has exposed four Hezbollah attack tunnels dug from Lebanon.
The Israeli military said Sunday that it has placed explosives in the tunnel as part of an open-ended operation to identify and destroy the cross-border passageways.