Presidents

The President’s Conference for Tomorrow

was held October 20-22.  IMG_2037

There were circling helicopters,

flashing blue lights and sirens at times,

but most of the city was not involved,

unless you worked for a top tier hotel or

at the Jerusalem Convention Center,

or had the job to hang the signs.

 

Last year, when President George Bush was in Jerusalem, street closings were the norm,

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there was no way to not know he was around.

 

Sunday morning radio reported riots near the Kotel, the Western Wall.

There were reported injuries and arrests, but……..

see for yourself the real Jerusalem streets leading up to and around the Old City early Sunday afternoon.

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Thousands of tourists had no idea that there was any reason to be concerned.

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People strolled the alleyways.

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Passengers on this bus could have been a bit distressed.

It went the wrong way,

had to be backed up and turned around ….

causing all the cars behind it to back up to the street.

More presidents

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of the Jewish Agency also meeting.

and more signs…

At The Hebrew University, the Truman Institute hosted sessions,

“15 Years Since the Peace Treaty Between Israel and Jordan”.

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Not open to disagreement,

it has been 15 years,

General Mansour Abu Rashid did offer a glass of water to fellow speaker

 Israeli Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubenstein

and Harry S. Truman was a President.

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Summer is Over?

Most of the American visitors have returned to the cold, wet Northeast,             IMG_1995                                     

the winter legislative session in the Knesset began last week,

university students finally have returned to class,

and we have a heat wave!

 

 

 

 

With no beach nearby, what do people in Jerusalem do to cool off if they cannot get out of town?

 

 1. Since many of these old buildings have no air conditioning, people open their windows, put on a fan and try not to move.                                                                                               

                                                    

                                                                                                   

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             no matter how small,

             Jerusalemites  sit on porches,  

             talking, eating, maybe reading.    

 

 

 

  

3.  Or they go outside, try to find some shade and hope for a breeze.

 

 One of the most popular of Jerusalem’s few open green spaces is Gan Sacher…IMG_0253

pronounced “soccer”, sometimes people even do play the sport,

 but as with many places in Jerusalem, it is named for the

family who donated the money to develop it.

 

 

 

 

 

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 Gan Sacher is often crowded,IMG_0250

  

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 but not always.                                                                                   

 

 

  Jerusalem’s parks are free and open to the public.

 

 Family outings and “mangals”,  BBQ in the United  States,

 “barbie” in  Australia,                                                                                                          

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             can be elaborate

 

 

 

 

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                or extremely simple

 

 

 

 

Soon all the smoke will fade to a memory,  the weather will turn…and we will begin to complain how cold it is! 

 If there is snow this winter…. most of the country will try to get to Gan Sacher before it melts.

Holiday Crowds

The autumn holiday season is coming to an end.

This past week “crowd” was the key word.

Temporary dwellings called “sukkot” crowded in every tiny space,

 on a little balcony or a small piece of  land.
    

 

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    Crowds of people seemed to be everywhere as thousands of visitors gathered in Jerusalem. International groups gathered by the tens of  thousands  to march in the Jerusalem Parade..

                  

           IMG_1824 Also this week, all day long thousands of people of all religions arrived to go to the Kotel, the Western Wall.

                                     

     They lined up at the President’s House

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      a few people even got to shake the his hand.

 

 

 

 

Every night large crowds attended musical events. At this annual event, the mayor was speaking, but without a ticket I could not get close enough to get a good photo of him…so these are some of the other poor ticketless folks, having a great time. No seats, they danced or talked all night.                              

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     The multitudes came despite and in spite of any threat of terror. There was security out in force, but the feeling of danger was not in the air,  just celebration. 

A few scenes from the real Jerusalem streets!