Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Stop the cable car project to Jerusalem’s Old City! Take the underground train!

Construction of the Jerusalem - Tel Aviv high-speed train
Construction of the Jerusalem - Tel Aviv high-speed train

Three more weeks to object against the erection of a cable car project that should see to an easier flow of tourists to and fro Jerusalem’s Old City.

Read the AP story about it at your own risk. It has, of course, the twisting of anti-Israel opinion into facts (no, it was not the 1967 Mideast War but the Six Day War), portraying the Jewish State in general as a monster lacking morality and modernity but also betrays their own total ignorance of the Jewish and Karaite religions making them just present the half-truth they’re told without any question marks.

What problems are there?

● What a terrible sight. You’d think that overhead power and phone lines and their pylons are unsightly? Try to imagine a cable car. And then the way the cars and the stations are designed. An eyesore if there ever was one. And we already have such a hideous bridge at the entrance of our city. May we pass, please?

● Local Arab population. Would you like a busy cable car route hovering over your apartment? It sort of reduces you to a prop. I wouldn’t like it. Though I don’t see it doing much harm.

● The route is planned over the local Karaite community’s burial place. Jewish Priests are not allowed to pass over a Jewish graveyard so one wanted to construct a cover over it so that it’s like they don’t pass over it. Karaite representatives have complained that such roofing would be against their religious law which is ridiculous. Karaites are Jews who reject Rabbinic Law and only go by what is literally written in the Torah. Where does Scripture say that one shouldn’t be buried under a roof? In the olden days, Jews were buried in caves. Too bad that the community is headed by politicians and not by people of integrity.

● Archeology and Judaism. Nice to see them share a bullet. Putting the foundations for the pylons and the stations into the ground is bound to disturb archeological treasures if not the dead. Every square foot here has so much history.

Sometimes things must get done no matter the down points. But here, there is no need at all – except for people who believe that seeing ugly modernity gives a warm feeling. Israel is already digging an underground train line towards the Old City as extension of the Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed train. It is being dug so deep that it will not disturb anything.

That a cable car would be less destructive and less costly than having buses or the light railway enter the Old City is a red herring. It turns out that it’s a prestige project of handful of people trying to make a name for themselves. Bad idea.

The cable car idea is thereby completely redundant and obsolete. Not the objections against it should win. It would be just ugly stubbornness to continue a good idea whose time has passed.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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