Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
The Schmooze

Unladylike Brawl on Jerusalem Light Rail

Operation of the Jerusalem Light Rail has not gone smoothly since it finally got up and running late this summer. Earlier this month, some drivers held a strike, and others quit their jobs over pay issues. An elderly man was badly injured when struck by a train car. Windows have been broken by stones thrown at trains as they went through East Jerusalem neighborhoods.

What next? Dozens of Arab and Jewish girls were involved in a big brawl on Jerusalem’s Light Rail on Monday. Ynet reports that the use of tear gas by one of the Jewish girls involved prompted the evacuation of the train.

Israel National News reported that the incident took place on Sunday, not Monday, and that two Jewish girls were arrested in relation to the altercation and held in jail for two nights before being released to their homes under house arrest.

CityPass, the company that operates the city’s new light rail system, issued the following response after the incident: “We will not be accepting any act of violence. We call on all residents to show tolerance.”

The Shmooze agrees with the assessment by CityPass that acts of violence are not acceptable, of course, but also wonders why the girl was carrying a personal canister of tear gas — on the light rail or anywhere else.

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.