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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Complicating Life Further

For at least thirty years, a corner of Northern Jerusalem, at the edge of French Hill, just across from the "villa" neighborhood of Ramat Eshkol there have been bus stops and place for tremping, hitchhiking to the Shomron, Jordan Valley, and further.

It was originally on the corner going to Shuafat, Beit Chanina and Ramalla. Then the new road was built to Pisgat Ze'ev, and the buses were rerouted to there. Rabin's Oslo included a lot of new roads, and we no longer had to travel through Ramalla, which is situated just north of Jerusalem on the Patriarchs' Path, which connects Shechem, Shiloh, Beit El, Jerusalem, Hebron and Beersheva.

Waiting for a bus at the "trempiada," has not been just fun, games, rain, wind and sun. Arab terrorists targeted it a few times. That's where I was injured.

Periodically, the police have tried to get people to stop waiting and cars to stop stopping. But it's not so simple. Where else can I be dropped off to wait for a ride home after the last bus has left? And why should I travel from French Hill or Hebrew University at Mt. Scopus all the way in the wrong direction to the Central Bus Station to go home? And how many hours can we wait in the bus station when there's a good chance a neighbor is looking to do a mitzvah and take us home?

The lightrail did it. All of a sudden things have changed, and of course the Jerusalem Municipality didn't think it important enough to warn people about the changes.

I took these videos from the bus yesterday. The situation isn't safe.

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