28 September, 2020

Jerusalem Diary

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Jerusalem Diary

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Growing up on a steady diet of Leon Uris and Lapierre-Collins, I’ve always been fascinated by Israel/Palestine. Reading the Old Testament when I was older intensified the fascination. So naturally, when my mum-in-law offered to plump the entire family an an all-expense paid trip to the Holy Land, I was first in line, clutching my New Community Bible and my Lonely Planet in my hand and warbling Daliah Lavi’s Jerusalem into the ears of the jaded gents at the desi immigration desk.

Driving across the border from Jordan, the first sight of the Star of David fluttering upon the Israel flag is stirring. The Israeli government gives you the option of a stamp on your passport or a disposable paper visa (in case you want to visit countries not ‘friendly’ with Israel), and after much heated...



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