Monday, October 24, 2005

 

No Jews Allowed

Yesterday, while marching from Shiloh to the Kotel Hama'arvi, Western Wall that remains from the Holy Temple Compound in Jerusalem, our one-hundred strong Shiloh contingent was stopped by the police as we approached Sha'ar Shechem, the Damascus Gate. While hostile glares of the Arabs in the street didn't dampen our enthusiasm, the police insisted that since it was Rammadan, they had given exclusive rights to Moslems.

Of course it was also the Jewish Holiday of Succot, but Jews are second class citizens. Our Holidays aren't honored over Islam, not even given equal standing. So we had to turn right and gingerly walk over a dirty lot and enter via "the New Gate."

We waved our Shiloh flags and sang as we walked through the narrow and winding Arab market until we finally made it to the very full kotel plaza, where we danced and sang.

More to be written, and it will appear, either before or after Simchat Torah, on Shiloh Musings.

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