Jerusalem: No UNESCO

Jerusalem: No UNESCO

Absurd.

Beyond belief.

Crazy.

Delusional.

1929 – 1933 – 1947 – 1956 – 1967

1973 –

on the holy day of Yom Kippur,

Arab armies tried to destroy Israel.

They failed.

Over and over they failed.

So they began a campaign to rewrite history.

In Gaza, synagogues were destroyed,

ancient and new, to wipe out Jewish history.

On the Temple Mount,

 the Waqf destroyed layers of history,

to expand its control and build new mosques.

The slightest Israeli innovation  in the area

was cause for international crisis. 

Now, on the day after Yom Kippur,

UNESCO has entered the fiasco,

giving the Arab narrative a stamp of approval.

Jerusalem Israel

From a new building on Hanevi’im Street,

on an old Jerusalem, Israel street,

one of the first outside the walls of the Old City,

the view to the left,

Jerusalem Israel

and the right may not be familiar.

But

Jerusalem Israel view Old City

look straight ahead to the Mount of Olives.

Jerusalem Israel old city view Dome of Rock Har Hazatim

The Dome of the Rock,

where Mohammed’s horse took flight,

was built on the Temple Mount,

to insure that the Jews

would never rebuild their temple again.

Jerusalem Israel Mount Olives Old city dome of rock

There are thousands of Jewish graves in the background.

We once heard Rabbi Steinzaltz say,

“Yichus is like a potato,”

the best part is in the ground.

The graves on Mount of Olives

are testament to the Jewish presence in Jerusalem.

In the Yom Kippur service,

the words ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘shalom,’ peace,

are repeated over and over.

The latest UNESCO resolution is absurd.

But as Abba Eban said years ago,

Jerusalem Israel night view Old City

“If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat

and that Israel had flattened it,

it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.”

Nothing new under the sun?

Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem, Israel.

Walk Around Jerusalem See the Gates

Have you ever walked around Jerusalem?

That is, have you ever walked

around the Walls of the Old City?

On Tisha B’Av night for the last few years,

I have walked around the walls,

and this time I took photos to share with you.

Security was visible,

Tisha B'Av security Jerusalem

but not more than in previous years.

tisha b av Jerusalem march around wall old city

The route starts on Agron Street and goes past the hotels.

With King David Street in the background,

tisha BAv night in Jerusalem Israel

as we turned the corner headed to the Old City,

there were hundreds of people, young and not so young,

some walking with baby carriers and some with canes.

Distances are not what most expect,

New Gate Old City night time Jerusalem israel

for it take only minutes to

 pass the first gate – the New Gate.

tisha BAv crowd in Jerusalem

Everyone walks together as a group

Jerusalem Israel Tisha BAv

carrying dozens of Israel flags,

Damascus Gate Jerusalem Israel

on to a quiet Damascus Gate

Flowers Gate at night Jerusalem

and a quieter Flower Gate.

Jerudsalem Rockefeller Museum at night

 We walked by the Rockefeller Museum on the left.

Old City walk at night

Before you know it,

Jerusalem signs

it is time to turn the corner.

Jerusalem old city walls at night

The lights on the walls of the Old City

shone brightly against the dark sky.

Lion's Gate Old City Jerusalem

Soon we approached the Lion’s Gate,

Night Old City Walls Jerusalem Israel

on a street closed to traffic and quiet,

in stark contrast to the Kotel,

Kotel at night Tisha BAv

the Western Wall.

Tens of thousands came to mourn,

some sit all night on the stones.

View of Western Wall on Tisha B'av night

Every day thousand of people come to Old City,

but not many have walked around the walls.

I hope you have enjoyed this brief tour,

and perhaps you will come soon to see for yourself.

Jerusalem, Israel, on Tisha B’Av,

 a unique experience.

Additional photos HERE

I Swear, Jerusalem of Contrasts

Jerusalem, Israel, is a place of contrasts.

Old City Jerusalem at night

At night the streets of the Old City have been quiet,

while during the day,

building in Israel

the noise of large construction projects fills the streets.

While loud BDSers (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction),

shout hate against anything Israeli,

Jon Medved of Our Crowd led a global conference

OurCrowd

that attracted 3,000 international participants.

The technology conferences are too numerous to attend or even list.

For two days in Tel Aviv this week, the tourism conference

is again attracting eager overseas visitors to expand their ties with Israel.

While outside on the streets “random” stabbings and attacks go on,

inside Beit Hanassi, the Israeli President’s residence,

President Reuven Rivlin and Justice Minister Ayelet Sheked

sweariing in of new Sharia lae judges

swore in 7 new Qadis, Islamic Shariah Law Judges.

The official reception was held in the same large hall

where all important diplomatic visitors are greeted.

president house muslim audience

Family and friends of the new Muslim judges

after being served a dairy buffet of sweets,

were seated for the occasion.

This week there was another swearing-in ceremony,

a military ceremony at the Kotel, the Western Wall Plaza.

Paratroopers swearing in Western Wall

Thousands of family and friends gathered

paratroopers swearing in ceremony

 to witness the newest paratroopers,

who after weeks of arduous training,

IDF photo

 receive their new rifle along with a new bible.

Muslims who swear in to IDF receive a Koran.

While the news may seem dismal and negative,

this Muslim couple who found themselves in the midst

of hundreds of armed Israeli soldiers

watermarked Muslim taking selfie at Western wall

seem much more concerned with getting a good selfie.

I walked home alone in the dark from the Old City.

It took awhile as I stopped twice to talk with friends,

but two other things got my attention.

When there is a “security incident”

At entrance to Old City

these teens take to the streets to give out Israeli flags,

post signs and sing,

Am Yisrael Chai,

the People of Israel live!

It is a leap year on the Jewish calendar,

with two Adars, an extra month until Purim,.

Purim celebrates when Haman tried to kill the Jews.

Purim

 Hamantaschen are already displayed in store windows.

They tried to kill us, they failed,

so let’s eat something sweet.

A few of the cycles and contrasts

happening daily on the real Jerusalem streets.