President Obama, you have a lot of work cut out for you!

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

 

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

Just hours after US President Barack Obama’s Muslim-conciliatory

speech at the Cairo University in Egypt, Israeli-Palestinian Arabs in
East Jerusalem remain doubtful, suspicious and indifferent. Obama’s
statement “So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian
people is intolerable” did not stop shoppers from flooding the Arab
market within the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, just inside the
Damascus Gate.

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

Very few shoppers or shopkeepers were willing to engage in

conversation with this Jewish-Israel photographer who made attempts in
Hebrew, Arabic and English. To the question “What do you think of
President Obama’s speech in Cairo? Will he be able to bring peace
between Palestinians and Israelis?”, the most common answer was
“baarafesh”, literally meaning in Arabic “I don’t know”. But, it could
also mean “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” or even “I
couldn’t care less!”

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

 

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

The price of zucchini seemed more interesting to the shoppers. An

assortment of lingerie scattered on the sidewalk sold by a young boy
for one Israeli Shekel a piece was a clear sign of the economic
hardships these people face. I could not make out anyone contemplating
“America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian
aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.”

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

 

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

One brave man, who identified himself as Achmad, said to me “It is

good! Peace!” and then quickly looked away after gesturing me to move
on as others gave him stern looks for his ‘collaboration with the
enemy’.

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

 

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

President Obama, you have a lot of work cut out for you!

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

 

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

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