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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Beginning next month, private cars will be prohibited from entering
Jerusalem’s Old City via Jaffa Gate between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., the
municipality announced this week. The restriction goes into effect June
and is aimed at curbing traffic jams, noise and pollution within the
Old City walls, while improving accessibility to sites in the area for
visitors. Residents of the Old City and vehicles transporting the
disabled will be exempt from the new regulations.
“This is the most important historical site in the world,” Mayor Nir
Barkat said of the Old City, while discussing the new plan earlier this
“We must preserve and protect it, and help it stay beautiful, clean and
accessible to everyone,” he added. “I'm glad the Jerusalem Municipality
was able to formulate this plan, which will improve access to the
public, and of course Old City residents.” City officials are
encouraging visitors to the area to use a new “park and ride” program,
via the No. 38 Egged bus, which will transport people through the Old
City from parking lots located outside the walls.