JERUSALEM (AP) — A group of leading international architects is appealing to Israel’s government to halt its controversial plan to build a cable car to Jerusalem’s Old City.
Some 30 architects, including Spanish Santiago Calatrava, famed for designing Jerusalem’s Chords Bridge, celebrated American architect Thom Mayne and Israeli-born Moshe Safdie added their voices to public outcry against the project Sunday in a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
It called the cable car a threat to Jerusalem’s “ancient landscape and precious heritage,” and accused powerful interest groups of prioritizing tourism and political agendas over religious and cultural values.
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Approved last fall by Israel’s Tourism Ministry as a way to ferry visitors to Jerusalem’s Old City over traffic-clogged streets, the project has prompted a flood of complaints from Palestinian residents and urban planners.
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