Ja, genau, das ist das Damaskus Tor, was in den letzten Monaten so oft in den Medien zu sehen war, weil es dort immer wieder zu Messerattacken kommt und man sich als nicht-muslimischer Israeli dort kaum noch hin traut. Und trotzdem….
December 24 in Jerusalem, Israel.
All was quiet near Sha’ar Shechem, the Damascus Gate.
A short distance away is
Zedekiah’s Cave or as sometimes called,
King Solomon’s Quarries.
This is the opening of the cave in the Wall of the Old City.
For Israelis, who do not have Sundays off from work,
the closest thing to a long weekend is Thursday night
through Shabbat, known as Hamshush.
For the past several years,
Jerusalem has had a December weekend festival
called Hamshushalyim, with hotel and restaurant deals,
and hundreds of culture events, including free late night ones.
Hamshushalyim ended this year with a unique gala event
in the quarry.
Guests walked down and down,
to the main cave where a piano was set up on stage.
Not your usual venue for a concert,
not your usual dressing room,
and not your usual emergency exit.
Three hundred chairs were set…
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