Blues for a blue line

Residents of the German Colony are worried about the Emek Refaim segment of the light rail.

January 25, 2018 15:43
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Emek Refaim

Emek Refaim Street today, where it intersects with Rachel Imenu Street. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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After a burst of enthusiasm and hope that their struggle had won the day, the residents of the German Colony and nearby neighborhoods who united against the Emek Refaim segment of the light rail are worried. Their victory was a partial one only and the tide may yet change – in their eyes – for the worse.

To fight for what they believe, some 4,000 residents opposed to that path created an association. One key activist is Mordehai Avraham, a tour guide who lives on one of the streets crossing Emek Refaim. He is the founder and the leader of the group. Another is Fleur Hassan-Nahum, a city council member and president of the Yerushalmim list. While pursuing their goal, they have developed a degree of mistrust toward the municipality, the mayor and the Master Plan staff. They flatly reject recent portrayals of their association as a group of wealthy residents who can afford a public relations representative, a lawyer and lots of publicity for their cause – in contrast to the Gonenim residents, who badly need this light-rail line but cannot afford to organize a campaign.


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