A number of Israelis and Palestinians had opposed the project. (Emek Shaveh)

Clear sky for cable cars over Jerusalem Old City

Jerusalem: Israeli and Palestinian opponents of an Israeli plan to run a cable car over Jerusalem to the walls of the Old City have lost their Supreme Court case against a project they argued would alter its ancient landscape.

A unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel disseminated by the Justice Ministry showed the court had decided against reversing the Israeli government’s 2019 approval of the plan, saying proper planning procedures had been followed.

The proposed cable car would shuttle some 3000 tourists and worshippers per hour from the western part of Jerusalem to an area near the Dung Gate entrance to the eastern Old City in a four-minute ride.

Palestinians say the project would erase their heritage in areas they seek for a future state, and that the planned route would place cable cars just metres above their homes in East Jerusalem.

The Israeli government says the cable car would be a boon for tourism to sites in the Old City that are holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians, and would alleviate heavy traffic to the area.

Israeli cultural rights and environmental groups and Palestinians in Silwan, an East Jerusalem neighbourhood at the foot of the Old City, were among the petitioners against the project.

Read the article by Jeffrey Heller in The Sydney Morning Herald.