Earlier this week (Tuesday, September 28th), Jerusalem hosted the annual Jerusalem March, attended by delegations
from all over the world. The march used to be a 3-day march, held at Pessach but budgetary restrictions reduced it, long ago, to one day only and the uncertain weather at Pessach led to it being transferred to Succot, when there is less likelihood of rain. The march is, in part, a modern-day manifestation of the ancient tradition of pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem on the three festivals, Pessach, Shavuot and Succot. At a time when we often feel, here in Israel, that the whole world is against us, a time when evil forces are trying to isolate and delegitimise the Jewish State, it was heartwarming to see that side-by-side with soldiers and ordinary Israeli citizens, there were Jewish and non-Jewish participants from places as far apart
as Scandinavia and New Caledonia, Japan and Papua New Guinea. There was
a huge delegation – several hundred,
in fact – from Brazil. Most surprising of all – a delegation from
Indonesia, the most populous Muslim nation in the world. All came to
express their love of Jerusalem and their solidarity with Israel. Not
everyone hates us, after all. It brought a lump to my throat and tears
to my eyes.
This is an opportunity for the citizens of Jerusalem to get a first look at the World of Tomorrow
– the new Jerusalem Light Railway.
Without forgetting the past (armoured buses from the War of Independence)…