30:07:2014 Shalom TelAviv

Arrived safe and well. Was dreading re infamous grilling upon arrival…. Instead I got handed a complimentary chocolate and a bookmark.
3 questions a smile and welcome to Israel.
Ben Gurion is a beautiful airport you wouldn’t think it’s a stone throw away from a place that is being beamed across the world as being demolished to dust.
As you step out the warm air greets you like welcome home let us make you one of us….
We start driving towards the one place so sacred to millions.
Apparently it used to be a direct road from Yaffa all they way here lined with Palestinian villages… Now there are less than a handful and they are not signposted.
All of a sudden we hit traffic jams at 22:30 pm … Has there been an accident? “No perhaps someone hit missiles or rockets” he replies casually.
Oh okay. I respond just as ‘it’s the norm”.
Flags …. Flags everywhere.., why though the World Cup is over I think to myself ….
So tired. Finally when I fall asleep amidst the street noises of cats fighting a cock crowing it feels you could be anywhere in the world.
Then a few hours later you hear it and you hear it loud and clear…
The AdhanAlQuds…. This is Jerusalem AlQuds.

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