Jerusalem Received Special Tourists

Three weeks ago a bomb exploded in Jerusalem,

killing one woman and injuring many others.

Over the weekend 150 rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel,

and the Iron Dome defense system

was employed to defend the residents of Ashkelon and Beersheva.

Nevertheless, on Monday,

 a delegation of government officials from India toured Jerusalem

and Beit HaNasi, the official President’s residence,

got spruced up for a visit by Spanish royals.

It is amazing that despite all the negative press, official visitors,

 ordinary tourists,

and tour groups of all kinds

come from

around the world to see Israel…

and they keep coming.

On both the cold and cloudy days of winter

and the warm days of spring,

whether following a blue sign

or a red rose,

they come each day by the thousands.

Some come dressed

in distinctive clothing,

to see the Kotel, the Western Wall, from a distance

or up close.

Some children are happy to pose for the camera,

while others are not willing targets.

Foreign tourists want to be photographed with security personnel.

The estimated number of visitors to Jerusalem this year is in the millions

and the official tourist season is just beginning.

It’s really amazing, so many special tourists…

and perhaps those taking photos

will help to show the world…

 the real Jerusalem streets.

0 thoughts on “Jerusalem Received Special Tourists

  • April 11, 2011 at 6:08 pm
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    i really like this so much and will always do this until it is finished!!!!

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  • April 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm
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    I was in the Old City two weeks ago, meeting family, and I couldn’t get over the number of tourist groups I had to work my way around! My immediate reaction was to be annoyed, because there were SO MANY tourists and they were all IN MY WAY! Then I stopped and thought about how amazing it was that despite the bus bombing, despite the rockets and missiles falling, they still came. And how, once, I was a tourist while buses were being bombed and rockets were falling, but now it’s my home.

    Then I plastered a big smile on my face and directed it at all the groups going by me.

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    • April 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm
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      Exactly and all those tourists were before the season began! No matter how many thousands of people are in Jerusalem if there is no violence,it is not news…

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