Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Id al-fitr in al-Quds

Spent this afternoon walking through the "Muslim Quarter" of the Old City. The strange holiday feeling, people seem outgoing/bored/having too much family to deal with/happy all at the same time. The kids are really into their toy guns: pistols and machine guns. They're 12 year old and less. I guess a 15 year old with a toy gun can create the wrong impression, and this can have severe implications, with border-patroll police all over the city.

I was interested to find out that the road that the Ottomans called 'Gate of the tribes road', and the British 'Our lady Mary road' is now 'Lions road' (hebrew) 'holy fighters (mujahidun) road' (arabic).


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