Jerusalem – the crossroads of the worlds
In the air of Jerusalem, the bells of the Christian churches mix with the deep voice of a mullah coming from the speakers of mosques and the white dust of a white-stone city. A quiet buzz is heard in the Jewish quarter – people poured out of the synagogue and radiate high spirits. The bright, but estranged from the faces of this world, true guardians of the ancient faith … How do so many peoples, religions get along on one piece of land? If we consider that even within the same religion there is no unity of views and there are inter-confessional conflicts? Those Jews are orthodox, conservative, progressive, classical and Hasidim. What about Christians? Only the Temple of the Body of the Lord is divided between a number of churches and denominations. An example is the well-known dispute between the patriarchs of the Armenian Apostolic Church Torkom II and the Greek Orthodox Church Irenaeus I for the right to bring the Holy Fire and the right to pray simultaneously in Kuvuklia … Now we recall that in the Israeli religious-international cocktail there are Christian Arabs and Muslim Arabs, not to mention lesser-numbered nationalities and faiths. Farewell to the Holy Land in Jerusalem late evening. You turn on the TV – the leading western news channels, as if competing, show the black-haired guys in arafat, waving machine guns. Shots are heard, someone is being carried away. You open the hotel window with a view of the ramparts of ancient Jerusalem – silence. I take a camera and go to the city, because it is not known when fate will bring it to the Holy Land. The friendly owner of the cafe is ready to squeeze pomegranate fresh for a foreigner who wandered at night in the Arab quarter. The Armenian quarter is sleeping. Jewish – quietly buzzing – Shabbat, Saturday. On the faces of people is a holiday. Near the synagogue is crowded, near the Wailing Wall – too. Night, people walk … Morning, hotel, TV. Another report: they show how some Arabs kill others – Fatah did not agree with Hamas. The Palestinian official blames the Jews, of course. Like, if not for them, we, the Arabs, would not quarrel with each other … Jerusalem fenced off the Palestinian Authority with a security wall – the Israeli version of the Great Wall of China. They say it’s easier to control the territory from the penetration of terrorists. True, gates open every morning in the wall and Palestinian residents go to work in Jerusalem. In the evening – back. When the antifada was announced, the gates did not open. The rule is simple: there is an antifada – there is no work. Departure to Ukraine tomorrow. Today there is still a chance to get to Bethlehem, Palestine. The host side does not guarantee security, they say, does not control the situation in the Palestinian Authority (de jure part of Israel). But under pressure from journalists, they found someone to contact “on the other side” to accept and return the group. True, it did not work out … Opinions in the group were divided, and the adventurous wing did not gain the required number of votes.