And the story is simple. They are building a light rail in Jerusalem and a lot of Jews and Arabs agree and oppose the change. Man bites dog. It is news. See an article, a map showing how the tram line under construction crosses Jerusalem and a slideshow...
In Jerusalem, Arabs and Jews Finally Agree ...
On One Thing, at Least: People in Both Camps Say the City's Tram Is a Dumb Idea
By ANDREW HIGGINS and DAVID GAUTHIER-VILLARS
JERUSALEM -- It took perhaps nearly a millennium, but Arabs and Jews who each claim this sacred city as their own have found a cause that unites them: hostility to a streetcar none desire.
At a time when conflict over Gaza is pouring yet more poison into the gulf separating Israelis from Palestinians, a repeatedly stalled and still unfinished Jerusalem tram project is galvanizing the city's feuding camps against a common foe.
The whole project, says Mayor Nir Barkat, voicing a view widely shared across religious and ethnic lines, has been "a very negative experience." The elected mayor, who took office late last year, proposes converting more than four miles of track already laid into a bus lane.
But that would create another headache: what to do with the 42 tram cars -- each one costing more than $3 million and fitted with special glass to resist stones and firebombs -- already delivered to Jerusalem from France?...more