The front picture of the last edition of Jerusalem’s local paper YEDIOT YERUSHALAYIM raises the question whether a future cable car destroys Jerusalem’s Old City.
My answer would be YES! Who wants to see cables and a cables car flying around while looking at a biblical and, at least, ancient landscape? At the Western Wall (Kotel) and all archaeological sites? Who suddenly wants to face a cable car while looking at the Valley of Gehinnom?
There are plans for Jerusalem getting a cable car running from the Old Train Station (HaTachana) via the Abu Tur neighbourhood and Mount Zion down to the Dung Gate right outside the Kotel Plaza. People in my neighbourhood which is Abu Tur are pretty upset, as we are supposed to get a cable car stop. We residents fear all kinds of tourists cruising through our little quiet neighbourhood. As if we don’t have enough problems with the Arabs next door.
I have seen tourists standing in our garden and taking pictures of the flowers. Or a Chinese tour group standing in our yard with their suitcases because they thought that we are their Airbnb.
Local residents wouldn’t necessarily use the cable car, as tickets will be expensive. The government as well as the municipality are planning the cable car for tourists. They jealously look at tourist places such as Prague, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, London or Venice and the municipality needs money. So, why not build another tourist attraction in Jerusalem?
We are already getting a stupid pyramid downtown. An Egyptian looking pyramid is being build right of Agrippas Street. Between the Machane Yehudah Market and King George Street.
Who needs an Egyptian pyramid in the middle of Jerusalem? It is supposed to be another tourist attraction and, at the same time, serving as a luxury hotel together with luxury stores.
It seems as if everything is being done for tourists but hardly anything for tax – paying locals.
The cable car plans