More than 150 parents from the Lycee Francais de Jerusalem and neighboring
schools gathered on Nevi’im Road near Jerusalem’s downtown area at the site of
last week’s deadly accident to protest the municipality’s “negligence” in
protecting their children from the increasingly busy road.
handles much of the traffic diverted from Jaffa Road because of the light rail
construction. On October 6, a six-year-old boy was killed in a three-car
collision. Four others were wounded, including his sister, age five, who remains
in intensive care and will need an artificial hip, and his father, who will be
confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
“Mayor Barkat turned
this precious piece of Jerusalem’s heritage – home to five schools, a hospital
and thousands of residents – into the city’s most dangerous road,” the parents
said in a statement.
“Each morning, Mr. Barkat forced us to play Russian
roulette with our children.”
Parents requested that the municipality
institute traffic calming measures to deal with the increase in vehicles. The
municipality expressed regret over the accident, but said that any changes to
the street would be difficult because of the layout.
Road is an old and historic street, with built-up areas on both sides for its
entire length,” a spokeswoman told The Jerusalem Post