Jerusalem tram offers view of other side of tracks

he Jerusalem Light Railway has provided the ancient city with new travel possibilities since it opened in August, but it is also proving controversial.

The borders in Jerusalem are invisible, and to an outsider barely perceptible. If you did not know they were there, you might – on a fleeting visit – miss them altogether.

But they are there.

It presents opportunities for both sides to glimpse how the other half lives”

In the 30-odd years I have been visiting Jerusalem, the city’s political geography has changed dramatically.

The latest development is the Jerusalem Light Rail, a newly opened tram line that has been dogged by controversy, from the technical – with faulty traffic light phasing, and problems with ticketing – to, inevitably, the political.

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