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It was a loud and noisy week in Jerusalem, Israel.
During John Kerry’s visit tens of thousands of people were out each night on the streets.
A few were loud protesters across from his hotel, but the huge numbers
were out each night for a music festival, Sounds of Music in the Old City.
Greek, Arabic, Persian, and Bukharan were some of the music that filled the streets.
As usual when in the Muslim Quarter at night for events, I got lost and wandered around with the first English speaking group I found. Was I ever happy to finally get to Muristan Square, and to hear some familiar old American hit songs.
I started to video the tall blonde girls, I assumed were tourists, because they were having such a great time and dancing.
As the Black Hebrews sang, I can’t take my eyes off of you, a group of young Arab boys, also had a hard time taking their eyes off of the show and dancers.
Abbas can say and add whatever he wants to his demands and narrative, but it does not change facts.
When there is no violence, it is not news,
no matter how large the numbers that were out every night of the week for the dozens of free concerts.
The Israeli Arab population has more freedom than most (maybe all) of the Middle East.
Over and over, I have said to just check out Mamilla Mall for BDS, Apartheid or ethnic cleansing, it’s nonsense, fail and lies.
Sadly one cannot always trust a photo!
But truth is there are stabbing attempts, more rock throwing incidents than I can count, and firebombs, however,
The Old City still rocks, you are too good to be true…