Jerusalem light rail line crippled by Arab rock throwing

The Jerusalem light rail on Chords Bridge. Credit: Matanya via Wikimedia Commons.

( The company that runs the Jerusalem light rail system, CityPass, said Sunday that 40 percent of the system’s cars are in need of repair due to rock throwing from the predominantly Arab neighborhoods in the eastern part of Israel’s capital.

CityPass said its fleet of 23 cars has been effectively reduced to 14, according to Israel Hayom. The number of rock attacks has overwhelmed the company’s mechanics, leaving administrators with no choice but to cut back on rail service.

The Jerusalem light rail suffered its most extensive damage during the summer, when rioters firebombed stations to protest the murder of Arab teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

On Sunday, four more light rail cars were damaged in five rock-throwing incidents.

Posted on October 13, 2014 .