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

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.


Protester death toll rises after overnight clashes in Iraq

Updated 25 min 53 sec ago

Protester death toll rises after overnight clashes in Iraq

  • Iraq’s massive anti-government protest movement erupted Oct. 1 and quickly escalated into calls to sweep aside Iraq’s sectarian system

BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials say the death toll has risen to 10 after overnight clashes between protesters and security forces in Baghdad.
Security and medical officials said one protester died of his injuries Friday morning. He was wounded in bloody street clashes between Ahrar and Sinak bridges the previous night. The officials say over 100 people have been wounded. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, the highest Shiite religious authority in Iraq, reemphasized calls to political parties to pass electoral reform laws and respond to the protesters’ demands.
Iraq’s massive anti-government protest movement erupted Oct. 1 and quickly escalated into calls to sweep aside Iraq’s sectarian system.
Protesters occupy several Baghdad squares and parts of three bridges in a standoff with security forces.