Jerusalem: The Old City Rocks

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.

image protest, photo Kerry protesters., picture protest against John Kerry

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.

image Black Hebrews, photo black singers, picture Israel apartheidThe Black Hebrews of Dimona were rockin’ the place!

I started to video the tall blonde girls, I assumed were tourists, because they were having such a great time and dancing.

image Palestinian children Jerusalem, photo Arab children Israel, picture Palestinian Israel

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…






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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