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Choosing Sides in Jerusalem

February 4th 2016
Throughout my travel life I have always felt that it was important to maintain, as best as possible, an observational attitude towards the places I have visited. I don’t feel it is my place to interject my personal feelings towards the customs, culture or political and religious climate of the places I have chosen to visit. After all, I think one of the wonders of travel is seeing things that ar ... read more
Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem

Israeli Flag Following World War II, the British withdrew from their mandate of Palestine, and the UN partitioned the area into Arab and Jewish states, an arrangement rejected by the Arabs. Subsequently, the Israelis defeated the Arabs in a series of wars without... ... read more
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7th February 2016

Bullet holes in the art colony!
You've so well portrayed the beauty and the beast of Jerusalem. I so appreciate your dedication to being observant and open and to visiting places where you have an opportunity to gain a personal sense and better understanding of the difficulties that others live with. Must admit I got rather teary reading your accounts of the endless police sirens, the ill treatment of the Palestinians, and the death of youth on both sides. And for all of that, there was so much beauty in the sacred places. There was a time in Jerusalem with an enlightened mayor when there was peace. May peace return!
7th February 2016

Enlightened
Thanks, Tara. I know enlightened people exist and it is too bad that we have to filter through all of the darkness to find them. There is certainly wrong thought on both sides. I hope for the young people here that correct choices are made sooner rather than later. It seems to be easier to find bad leadership than good these days. Thanks for reading and commenting. I promise a more cheery blog in a few weeks!

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