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27-June-2009, Jerusalem – Less than 24 hours and riots against the Shabbath opening of the Karta parking lot erupted once again, disrupting the serenity of Jerusalem on Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of ultra-orthodox Haredim clashed with police in the Mea She’arim neighborhood, at the corner of Hanevi’im and Shivtei Israel streets. Police prevented the rioters from making their way toward Municipal Safra Square, where hundreds of secular residents of the city held a colorful counter demonstration in support of freedom of choice in Jerusalem and against religious coercion.
6-June-2009, Jerusalem – Thousands of ultra-orthodox Jews demonstrated today opposing the directive given by Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, to open the Safra parking lot on the Sabbath. On the opposing side several dozens of students and non-observant residents came to have their say carrying signs reading “Terror is not only from Hammas”, “This is not Tehran!” and singing the Israeli National Anthem stressing the words “to be a free people in our country, the land of Zion, Jerusalem”.
Municipal parking lots have been closed on Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath, for years, corresponding with a status quo between the secular and religious communities of Jerusalem. The Safra parking lot, located under City Hall at Safra Square, serves the downtown Jerusalem area as well as thousands of visitors and tourists in the Old City. The move to open the parking lot on Saturdays corresponds to Barkat’s line opposing religious coercion and in an attempt to offer a solution to the extreme parking problems surrounding the Old City and the Jaffa Gate. Trying to control religious outrage the municipality decided not to collect fees for parking on the Sabbath, as opposed by Jewish law, but diplomatic efforts were not successful.
Rabbi Itzchak Tuvia Weiss, head of the ultra-orthodox community was quoted this week saying “We will light the city on fire for the sanctity of Jerusalem!” and he did indeed light a fire in the hearts of his followers. Thousands gathered on Shivtei Israel Street, near the parking lot entrance, chanting “Shabbes, Shabbes!” (Sabbath) at the top of their lungs as well as “Nazis!” to policemen. The Jerusalem Police exhibited great restraint in light of extreme verbal and physical provocation until the order came down the ranks to disperse the demonstration. In summary; six policemen injured, one injured photographer and seven demonstrators arrested.
Sidenote: Images displayed shot solely with Canon G10. After months of greatly enjoying this camera it disappointed shooting under rapidly changing conditions and events; very slow zoom in/out reaction, very slow to impossible shooting in rapid succession, burnt highlights. Shooting at this demonstration may have caused an unrepairable dent in my G10 love affair…
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
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!”
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.”
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
President Obama, you have a lot of work cut out for you!
Asher Dayan, Cast Man with a soul, now in TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem
George Shefi escaped direct Nazi brutality as a seven-year-old kindertransport refugee. The price he paid was the loss of his mother to the horrors, roaming the globe alone and reuniting with his father for the first time only at the age of thirty-four. In just a few years since George left Germany the Nazis had killed nearly 1.5 million children. George passionately dedicates his time to educate younger generations, before, as he puts it, “all survivors will be gone and then history will be rewritten to suit someone’s PhD”.
Check it out at TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem!
And God said: ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so. And God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; and the stars. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
8-April-2009, Jerusalem – Thousands gathered at the Wailing Wall before dawn awaiting sunrise to recite: “Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the Universe who makes the works of Creation.”
The Blessing of the Sun, Birkat Hachamah in Hebrew, is recited in Judaism once in twenty-eight years, signifying the sun’s location at exactly that of the moment of its creation on a Wednesday morning, the fourth day of creation. The 28-year cycle was calculated in the Babylonian Talmud and it was renewed today. Adding to the excitement is the fact that today is the Eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover celebrating the exodus of the ancient Hebrews, led by Moses, from bondage in Egypt – a sun cycle began on the exact morning of exodus from Egypt somewhere between the years 1200-1500 BCE (exact date is disputed).
Much anticipation was evident among the worshippers, men, women and children assembled hours before the big moment. Then, just as the sun became visible to the east, climbing over the Wailing Wall which is the last remaining remnant of the Holy Temple, it triggered great excitement, prayer, dance and song among the crowd.