|The Shuafat South ("refugee camp") stop of the Jerusalem light rail, in northern Jerusalem. Most of the rock throwing and stabbing has taken place within a short distance of this stop.|
Passengers traveling on the Jerusalem Light Rail came under attack today (Thursday) by Palestinian Arabs from the capital's Beit Hanina neighborhood. Israel National News says they hurled rocks as the tram passed in Jerusalem's northern suburbs, very close to where we live.
The Citipass consortium, the operator of the Jerusalem service under a thirty-year concession, says there are fortunately no injuries to travelers but plenty of worried and traumatized individuals. The windows, installed in anticipation of crude attacks from parts of the Jerusalem population, are designed to resist thrown rocks and other projectiles up to a certain specification. They crack, rather than smash, on impact when something is hurled at them. There was no interruption to train service today.