Category Archives: JERUSALEM

PHOTOS | Surprising Finds Exposed on Franciscans’ Gethsemane Property

Across the busy street running in front of the Church of All Nations, a popular pilgrim site (in normal times, that is), a recent salvage excavation is providing yet another window into Jerusalem’s past. Not surprising, really, in a city … Continue reading

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“Jerusalem Is Not Disneyland”– Despite serious objections, cable car crisscrossing Historic Basin forges ahead

UPDATED | Jerusalem cable car project passes over objections from many quarters Political interests drive tourism plan that would blight historic city’s skyline and bypass Palestinians by JONATHAN COOK /  13 May 2019 A proposed cable car project through occupied … Continue reading

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U.S. closes its 175-year-old consular mission in Jerusalem, further downgrading relations with Palestinians

An article published today by NPR correspondent Daniel Estrin notes the closing of the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, a mission which represented the United States’ sole diplomatic outreach to the Oslo-created Palestinian Authority, and thus to the state-less Palestinian people. … Continue reading

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Temple Discourse Within Present-day Israeli Society: A Reflection on Tisha B’Av

  Here’s a thought provoking offering from Yudith Oppenheimer, Executive Director of the Jerusalem-based Ir-Amim organization, on the occasion of Tisha B’Av, when Jews worldwide remember the loss of their historic temples. She writes in part: Post-Temple Judaism managed, for the … Continue reading

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“May Your Home Be Destroyed”

Those were the words hurled at the US president by Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) in a rambling, defiant speech before the PLO Central Council on January 14th. It is said to be one of the milder curses in the … Continue reading

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5,000 Years of Jerusalem History–in Under 3 Minutes | VIDEO

OK, so there are a few gaps, and it’s a little short on details in places… BUT how would you do if presented with the same challenge? What would you include? More importantly, perhaps: What would you leave out? This … Continue reading

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Get Ready to Ride the ‘Trump Train’ to the Western Wall Plaza! | VIDEO

Despite my somewhat snarky headline, this is NOT fake news but absolutely real. First, a few days ago Israel’s Minister of Transport, Yisrael Katz, announced a planned extension of the country’s new fast rail line. The projected final link carries … Continue reading

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