‘Conversion-Who Keeps the Gate for the Jewish Nation’,
was one of the closing sessions that confronted controversal subjects
at the 2001 Israeli Presidential Conference.
’The Israeli Palestinian Peace Process:
How far away are we from a Peaceful Tomorrow?’ was another.
One of the participants, Mohammad Dajani has published material on Jerusalem.
Was he the one who walked out the previous day,
when Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat began to speak on ‘My Vision of Jerusalem’?
Dr. Ruth Westheimer is not controversial, as everyone seems to love
Dr Ruth and wants to be photographed with her.
’Where is Jewish Philanthropy Headed’ attracted a large crowd,
however, there were plenty of seats at ‘The Jewish Dimension of a Peace Agreement’.
From opening to closing, the Hebrew University hosted exhibits,
with enthusiastic students anxious to show off their impressive research.
When it was time for the Closing Plenary in Teddy Hall,
everyone had to leave the building and reenter
through multiple layers of security checks.
Plenty of jokes in the slow line about the great photo opportunities, but
I decided to not to take pictures as security does not always have sense of humor.
Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyhu was the first speaker, followed by
Natan Sharansky, who was not thrilled to have to speak in English right after Bibi.
In closing, President Shimon Peres got in the last word,
however he repeated much of what he had said earlier in the day to the bloggers.
Not exactly the real streets, but as in the game of Monopoly, to land on
Park Place or Park Lane, in the British version, can be fun for a change.
After the singing of Hatikva, buses took everyone back to their hotels.
Summer is here and school’s out.
A delivery man was almost lynched in an Arab neighborhood near Hebrew University.
Police were busy last night with demonstrators burning tires
that closed the main road into Jerusalem and caused rush hour chaos.
Flotillas and Glen Beck are their on the way.
‘Cottage’ is still a crisis, goods are high and salaries low.
The doctors’ strike keeps getting bumped to the back page.
It was great to see old friends and make new ones,
but there is always something happening on the Jerusalem streets
and as Sarah Silverman said in a TV interview, Israel has “crappy pr”.
So it’s time to get back to the real Jerusalem streets.
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