Where are We Now?

See if you can tell from these candid photos,

Where are we now?

Will start with an easy one.

Jerusalem light rail train

Arabic writing on this train,

but those girls and guys are looking at each other.


A quiet time at Jerusalem light rail train on Jaffa Street,

now that is something surprising.

Jaffa Road Jerusalem, two Arab women walking

Two traditionally dressed Arab women walking.

Where are we now?

Jerusalem street scene

Again on Jaffa Street,

but these are way too easy.

Arab women are always shopping on Jaffa Street.

Syrian flag in Jerusalem car

Now for one a little harder.

Where are we now?

That is a Syrian flag in car window.

Syrian flag in car window, Israeli police woman watching

Oops, that looks like an Israeli policewoman.

This car was in regular traffic, no road blocks,

but moving so slowly that I had time to take a photo.

Arabs in Jerusalem,

These girls look like they would rather be shopping, or perhaps anywhere else.

Nice jacket, it says what?

What kind of barrier is that,

so Where are we now?

Crowd watching Formula Car race in Jerusalem, mixed Arab and Israeli

On a Jerusalem, Israel street for the Jerusalem Formula One Road Show,

a mixed crowd – Arab and Jewish Israelis, packed in side-by-side wait,

peacefully, so peaceful it was news.

As far from an apartheid scene as you can get.

I often wonder if some “authorities”, “pundits” or “human rights experts”

have ever actually been in Jerusalem, Israel.

Is there another country in the Middle East where women have freedom

to dress as they want, walk freely day and night, hangout with young men,

drive a car and get advanced education?


Real Jstreets

I lived in the United States, Canada and Australia before moving to Israel in the midst of the Second Lebanon War. For the last ten 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

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