Jerusalem: Photographic Essay

And did those feet in ancient time‘….. A photographic essay from a recent trip to Jerusalem, Israel. These pictures were taken days before the escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions turned into violence that killed six people: three Palestinians in street clashes in Jerusalem and three Israelis in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement. Three Palestinians were killed in Jerusalem amid escalating protests in the city and across Palestinian territories against new Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif complex. These pictures document the city in the days leading up to the violence.

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I accidentally wandered into the middle of the Liturgy at the Ethiopian Orthodox Chapel, part of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The church claims its origins from Philip the Evangelist. Ethiopians speak the ancient Semitic language of Amharic. They worship in the even more ancient dead language of Ge’ez. Their liturgy is very unusual. As well as Sunday, Saturday is a holy day, and in each church, the Ark of the Covenant is revered. Indeed Axum cathedral is said to house the Ark once kept in the Holy of Holies of the Jewish Temple.

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