Violence in Israel and the Palestinian 1)territorieshas been a 2)constant feature of newsprograms around the world news since the outbreak of the Al-Aqsa intifada[uprising] in September. Concerned for their 3)security,many 4)potential visitors are staying home. Inan area where 5)tourism is a key sector of theeconomy, the impact is dramatic. And nowhere more than in Jerusalem.
Thesounds of traffic in 6)Jerusalem. A reporterreturning to Jerusalem after a year notices one thing immediately: there aresimply fewer vehicles on the road. Traffic now moves passably well in a citylegendary for its gridlock. It is still plenty busy, but there are fewer tourbuses on the road, and many local visitors are choosing not to come downtown.Either that or they do their business and get out.