The views at sunset from Yemin Moshe, one of the oldest neighborhoods
built outside the walls of the Old City, can be spectacular.
As Israeli schoolchildren gather to eat picnic dinner on the grass,
an Arab couple sits nearby.
During the nineteen years of Jordanian occupation of Jerusalem,
much of this area was no man’s land.
From 1948 to 1967, no Israelis were allowed in the Old City.
The Hurva Synagogue in the Rova, Jewish Quarter,
which was the largest of all the many synagogues
destroyed by the Jordanian Legion has been restored at long last.
In the last 44 years the entire area has been revived,
and there is freedom of movement
to people of all religions.
Under the flag of Jerusalem,
the Muslim Quarter
and surrounding areas have grown.
are open and free to be enjoyed by all,
perhaps even too free.
On the eve of Yom Yerushalayim, which celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem,
Mahmoud Abbas announces that he wants a state with Jerusalem as his capital,
a state without an Israeli presence…
military or civilian. A state without Jews.
Is Israel a racist state?