Category Archives: Jerusalem Places

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

Posted in Antiquities, Archaeology, JERUSALEM, Jerusalem Antiquities, Jerusalem Places, New Testament, PHOTOS | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

“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

Posted in City of David, Hinnom Valley, JERUSALEM, Palestinians, Politics, The Occupation, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in American Colony, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, JERUSALEM, Jerusalem Places, Modern History, Palestinians, Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Haram/ Temple Mount, Holidays, Israel-Palestine Scene, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, JERUSALEM, Temple | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Israel-Palestine Scene, JERUSALEM, Jerusalem Places, Jewish Quarter, Transportation, U.S. Foreign Policy | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

UPDATED | The Bars Come Down! Restoration of the Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre nears completion

After many months of painstaking, professional restoration work, the Edicule of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre — the 19th-century monument enclosing remnants of the original bedrock Tomb of Jesus — has finally been freed from its protective cage of … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, JERUSALEM | Tagged , | 1 Comment

VIDEO: The Rock of Jesus’ Tomb Exposed

As a follow-up to my previous post, the ongoing restoration of the Edicule within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre has seemingly reached something of a climax: the removal of the marble cover-plate protecting the bedrock burial bench of Jesus’ … Continue reading

Posted in Antiquities, Archaeology, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem Antiquities, VIDEOS | Tagged , , | 3 Comments