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As if the light rail didn't have enough problems alreadyby michael • October 30 2007
Beset for years already by poor planning, financial bungling, and general bureaucratic shortsightedness, the much-touted, as-yet-unseen Jerusalem Light Rail is now facing a legal challenge from those explosive spoilsports in the PLO. The Guardian reports, nuanced as always:
Here Jerusalemite thought that the light rail was mostly intended to ferry suburban residents downtown in order to free up the roads and restore a little vitality to the city center, but apparently it's also a sinister program of colonization, a veritable Manifest Destiny Express hauling settlers into Arab Jerusalem.
What the PLO doesn't realize, however, is that they really have no cause for worry. Given the municipality's history of screw-ups over the course of the light rail project, even if the "expansion of colonisation" was indeed part of the plan, it would doubtless eventually be mismanaged into irrelevance. So breathe easy, PLO, and go back to what you do best: squirreling desperately needed Palestinian aid money away into Swiss bank accounts.
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