Farewell to Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem

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I lived in the United States, Canada and Australia before moving to Israel in the midst of the Second Lebanon War. For the last nine years, walking the streets of Jerusalem, the scenes I saw every day did not resemble the ones familiar in the Western media. Now I try to share those positive images with the world, what is really happening in Jerusalem, Israel, The Real Jerusalem Streets

The casket of Ariel Sharon was brought to Jerusalem, Israel and placed outside the Knesset Building for public viewing.

picture Sharon funeral, image Ariel Sharon funeral. photo Sharon lying in state, photo Knesset

All afternoon an honor guard stood on watch next to the blue and white draped casket,

photo Ariel Sharon honor guard, image security Ariel Sharon funeral. photo Ariel Sharon casket.

while security watched the crowd.

image funeral wreath, picture colorful funeral flowers, photo wreath

Besides the usual Israeli memorial flowers which surrounded the casket,

there was a colorful wreath from the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

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But mostly people of ages and types came and walked by quietly.

Most stopped and took photos.

Some stopped to light memorial candles, which were placed to read “Arik Sharon” in Hebrew.

image people viewing casket Ariel Sharon, photo mourners, crowd at funeral photoThe viewing was to be over at 18:00, but the gates were kept open longer.

As it got dark, people kept passing slowly by.

Some were truly emotional, as they said farewell to Ariel Sharon.


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