BDS in Jerusalem

Sorry I do not know any BDS, Boycott, Divest and Sanction folks,

so I can not ask them how boycotting Soda Stream

and putting hundreds of Palestinian workers out of a job

is good for anyone.

I can only assume that they are simply anti-Israel or ignorant,

 as they would hurt those that BDSers are supposedly are out to help.

What I do see in Jerusalem, Israel, is that

palestiniam girl. BDS image, J Street photo, Jerusalem photos

Arab girls shop.

That is not new or news

and certainly everyone here knows that 

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Arab women shop.

But the biggest change in the last two years

 that I have seen

is that now

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Arab males shop.

Palestinians in Israel, photo Palesiinian family.

Not just for cell phones,

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or candy,

Food shopping photo, Arab food shopping, supermarket image

or food

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in the supermarkets,

image Machane Yehuda market, shopping in Jerusalem

or in the shuk, Machane Yehuda Market, 

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or in a bakery.

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They walk the Jerusalem streets while shopping with women

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and girls,

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and they carry those bags home too.

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Especially in Mamilla Mall, 

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groups of young Arab men

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can be found every day

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and at night.

I have been asked what this means,

 I am really not sure.

However, I do see that BDS in Jerusalem, Israel

is not boycott, divest and sanction,

but more like Boys Do Shop!

Time to add another pin on the BDS Fail Map 

this time from the heart of Israel.

Mamilla Mall

While Mamilla Mall was under construction

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there were many who doubted its potential.

It was a convenient route to the Jaffa Gate and the Old City,

but who would shop in the expensive stores along Mamilla Avenue?

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Stores have closed,

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 but new businesses open immediately.

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The crowds keep coming…Israelis, both Jewish and Arab, and lots of tourists.

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Brides favor the location for wedding photos.

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Street actors and mimes often perform on the avenue

Balloon sculptures image, "balloon" hats

and colorful balloons are a common sight.

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Every night as the lights go on, it is the place to visit.

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Often tourists can be found posing with the works of art on display.

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Music is the current theme of the art exhibitions

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and the pieces are varied.  

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The original stones were numbered, taken apart, and put back up.

The results can be seen behind this piece of art.

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And people come to eat…

often there are lines to get in to the most popular places.

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Most days you will find the “United Jerusalem” guy,

but you will not find any signs of BDS: boycott, divest and sanction

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or Israeli apartheid in Mamilla Mall,

 located in Jerusalem,

 next to the walls of the Old City.

Israeli Apartheid?

Saudi Arabia bans protests, Turkey locks up journalists,

Iran and Libya kill their opponents,

Egypt killed  protesters, Syria kills hundreds every day.

Haneen Zoabi, an Arab woman is an elected member of the Israeli Knesset

and has led anti-Israel protests.

Israeli apartheid?

Her actions would never be tolerated in any of the surrounding countries,

but Zoabi’s anti-government pieces are routinely published

 in main stream Jerusalem newspapers and supported by the courts.

 While Saudi Arabian women are forbidden to drive a car,

in Jerusalem, many Arab women take driving lessons

and sit where they want on public buses.

Arab school girls

School girls are not afraid to share the same streets,

Arab girls in uniforms in Old City

no matter what uniforms they wear,  and go on to attend Israeli universities

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and find work in the medical professions in Israeli hospitals.

Muslim woman walking in Old City

Arab women walk alone

Arab woman alone in Old city

through the streets of the Old City

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and in all the neighborhoods

Palestinian woman shopping

around

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Jerusalem, Israel

Muslim woman walking in Old City wearing hijab

dressed in clothing

Arab women shopping in Jerusalem

of all types

Palestinian woman shopping

and colors.

Palestinian woman shopping

Often Arab women shop

in Mamilla Mall,

Palestinian woman, shopping in Machane yehuda

in the Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk,

Palestinian woman shopping for shoes

on Jaffa Street,

Palestinian woman shopping with children in Jerusalem

King George Street,

Muslim woman shopping

and in Talpiot.

Muslim women eating in Jerusalem

They can eat in a street cafe or restaurant

Arab man and woman holding hands in public

or walk with a male companion.

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With young children

Muslim woman shopping alone

or alone,

Muslim women walking in Old City

Arab women are not afraid or forbidden to move around freely.

Israeli apartheid?