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Für mich ist Israel trotz der politischen Lage eine Reise wert. Das Land ist wunderschön. Zur politischen Lage möchte ich mich hier nicht wirklich äußern, außer das es doch recht belastend für mich noch immer  ist. Jeder muss für sich entscheiden, ob man in solch einem Land unterwegs sein mag. Reisetechnisch konnte ich mich frei bewegen; ich tat es einfach. Ich bewegte mich mit einem Auto fort. Die Öffentlichen wurden damals streng gemieden! Zu meiner Reisezeit wurde auch die Mauer immer mehr und mehr hochgezogen. In meiner Zeit dort gab es so einige Anschläge und ein wütendes so gut wie brennendes Jerusalem. Die Lage war nicht immer so schön.
Die Fotos sind während meiner Reisen zwischen zwischen 2003 und 2006 entstanden. Und ich muss zugeben, so gut fotografisch war ich nicht unterwegs. Die Kamera gab es auch nicht her. 
Finally I found the time to upload my Israel pictures taken on my travels between 2003 and 2006. Israel is really worth a travel. But the political situation is frustrating. But I tried to keep always an eye open for any bad situation that could occur. I was travelling by car all by myself as a woman. I went to the cities, into nature and to the desert. I just love the desert. It was so peaceful and quiet. I was there all by myself enjoying the nature and its habitants - if you are lucky enough to meet some. I really wished now to have had the photo equipment I do have now My camera was the worse, no RAW, not enough pixels and I did not really think of using the tripod. But I hope you do enjoy some of the pictures anyways.

Though I travelled around a lot, I will only show some of the pictures I took.

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Akko / Aqre (North Israel, at the coast)
Ancient Boat
Aqueduct
Atilit
Beduins
Bethlehem
Bet Shean
Ceasarea
Checkpoints and the Wall
Dead Sea & the desert
Eilat
Eilat Red Canyon
Jerusalem
Dripstone Cave, Beit Shemesh
Makhtesh Crater
Mamshit National Park
Massada
Monastery of St. George of Koziba
Monfort Crusaders Fortress
Nimrod Fortress
Paran
at the Syrian Border
Qumran
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Rosh Ha Nikra Caves and Beach North Israel
Sedom
Sedom Park
Timna Park (South)
Wadi Qelt
 

J e r u s a l e m

To learn a bit more about Jerusalem please click here for Wikipedia

Jerusalem ist die Hauptstadt des Staates Israel. Sie liegt in den Judäischen Bergen zwischen Mittelmeer und Totem Meer und hat 770.000 Einwohner. Dort befinden sich der Sitz des israelischen Präsidenten, die Knesset, das Oberste Gericht und Exekutive Israels, die 1918 gegründete Hebräische Universität und die Holocaust-Gedenkstätte Yad Vashem.
In Jerusalem begegnen sich viele Kulturen der Antike und Moderne. Die Altstadt ist in das jüdische, christliche, armenische und muslimische Viertel gegliedert und von einer Mauer umgeben.
Ich werde die Altstadt Jerusalems auf meiner Seite fototechnisch vorstellen.
Der politische Status der Stadt ist international umstritten und Teil des Nahost-Konflikts. Ostjerusalem, das bedeutende religiöse Stätten des Judentums, Christentums und des Islam beherbergt, wird von Palästinenser-Organisationen als Hauptstadt eines zukünftigen palästinensischen Staates beansprucht.
Ich habe das Land eher von der schönen Seite sehen wollen und habe es fast komplett mit dem Auto bereist.
Ich hielt mich lieber auf der palästinensischen Seite von Jerusalem auf, wenn es um das menschliche ging. Die PAL sind mir gegenüber viel freundlicher und hilfsbereiter entgegen gekommen.
Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Israel. It is located in the Judean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea and has 770,000 inhabitants. It houses the headquarters of the Israeli President, the Knesset, the Supreme Court and Executive of Israel, the Hebrew University founded in 1918, and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.
In Jerusalem, many cultures of antiquity and modernity meet. The old city is divided into the Jewish, Christian, Armenian and Muslim quarters and surrounded by a wall.
I will present the Old City of Jerusalem on my page fototechnisch.
The political status of the city is internationally controversial and part of the Middle East conflict. East Jerusalem, which houses important religious sites of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, is claimed by Palestinian organizations as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
I wanted to see the country more of the beautiful side and almost completely traveled by car.
I preferred to stay on the Palestinian side of Jerusalem when it came to the human. The PAL have come to me much friendlier and more helpful.

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Jerusalem - life in East Jerusalem
Just around the Old City
Old City - The 8 gates
The Muslim Quarter
Dome of the Rock
The Suq
The Christian Quarter
The Armenian Quarter
The Jewish Quarter
Al-Aqsa Mosque
Western Wall (Klagemauer)
The 14th Stations of Jesus Way of the Cross
Mt. of Olives
View from Mt. Olives
Tower of David (Armenian and Jewish Quarter)
Ophel Archaeological Garden
Rampart Walk
Maria’s Grave
Zion
Commonwealth War Graves
Old Olive Trees
Menorah

Some pics of daily life in East-Jerusalem

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orthodoxe. also called “wuz wuz” among some people.
Be careful not to drive a car through jewish areas on shabbat. Jewish people will try to hit you and hit your car with stones and might injure you badly or even kill you!.
I hate this, but nobody can do anything against it.

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gas station on palestinian side of Jerusalem - East Jerusalem
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hair dresser in Beit Hanina
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Yom Kippur on October 12, 2005 - not nice of the jewish to block some roads on their holiday. It made people suffer a lot. During those days an arabic family was hit quite badly by jewish people. They threw with big stones. The car was only full with arabic women trying to make their way to a hospital to bring in a sick child. But they got wounded by the smashed windows.
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taking out his horses in Shoafat
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Another example of not nice behaviour againt palestinians. The Israelis only allow like one garbage collection truck to enter
East Jerusalem to collect the garbage. But also not doing really service on the truck or replacing it when it breaks down.
On the days when the truck breaks down, the PAL are forced to burn their garbage. It smells badly even if you close the windows.

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The Menorah       November 30, 2005

The sculptor is Benno Elkan (1877-1960)
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The wonderful Old City of Jerusalem

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I will show you my pictures from all of the four quarters which are the Jewish, Armenian, Christian and Muslim Quarter.

ISR Jerusalem Old City Map

First I wanna show you all
8 gates of the Old City Jerusalem

DAMASCUS GATE
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on the Northern side of the city. It is the most monumental of all the gates. It has access staircases for the Ramparts Walk via the Roman Square Excavations. Main entrance to the Moslem Quarter; shows to the north towards Damascus.

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NEW GATE
on the northeastern edge of Old City, the closest gate to West-Jerusalem and convenient for entry to the Christian Quarter. It was the last gate cut into the city wall, in 1889.

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JAFFA GATE
on the western side of the city, next to the Citadel. The busiest of the eight Old City gates. It leads to the Christian and Armenian quarter.

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ZION GATE
on the southern side of the city, it provides direct access to the Armenian quarter from Mount Zion. The outside of the gate is pockmarked by bulletholes due to fierce fighting here in 1948 between the Israeli’s and the Jordanians. The Arabic name of the gate is Bab el-Nabi Daud (gate of the Prophet David), because of its proximity to the traditional location of King Davids’s Tomb.

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DUNG GATE
on the southern side of the City, it provides direct access to the Jewish quarter and the Western Wall.

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GOLDEN GATE
on the east wall of the Temple Mount, was long ago sealed shut by the Muslims in the 7th century. According to tradition the Messiah will arrive in the Temple via this gate.

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ST. STEPHEN’s GATE (also in hebrew “Lion’s Gate”)
on the eastern side of the city, it faces the Mt. of Olives & is the start of the Via Dolorosa. Its name was adopted in the Middle Age by Christians who believed that the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen, was executed here. Prior to that, however, it had been generally accepted that St. Stephen had been stoned to death outside Damascus Gate.

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HEROD’s GATE
on the northern side of the city, faces Arab East-Jerusalem. Its name originates from the 1500’s when Christian pilgrims wrongly thought that the house inside the gate was the palace of Herod the Great’s son.

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Just outside of the Wall of the Old City

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You can see the IDF Soldiers kinda everywhere carrying big guns. Dont mess with them. Always ready to shoot. It was a bit scary, but I stopped thinking about it.
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These orthodox kids do not belong in this area. They liked to push it in the moslem quarter. It was good to see that nobody got offended and all went fine. The kids also behaved.
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Let’s go within the walls of the Old City

The Muslim Quarter

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    1. St. Anne’s Church   2. Pool of Bethesda  3. Monastery of Flagallation  4. Ecce Homo Arch 
    5. Via Dolorosa  6. Lady Tunshuq’s Palace  7. Central Souk  8. Chain Street  9. Haram esh-Sharif

It is the largest and most densely populated quarter of the Old City. The quarter has changed hands many times from the 12th through 15th centuries, resulting in decay since the 16th century. It is one of the most fascinating and least explored parts of Jerusalem.

Entering the Muslim Quarter via the Damascus Gate

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The life suffering of Jesus
The Stations of the Cross (or way of the cross; in Latin Via Crucis; also called the Via Dolorosa or Way of Sorrows, or simply The Way) refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion. The tradition exists in Roman Catholicism, Anglican, and Lutheranism. It is done during the Season of Lent, on Good Friday and on Friday evenings during Lent. The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer to the chief scenes of Christ’s sufferings and death, and this has become one of the most popular of Catholic devotions.

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St. Anne Church - This Crusader-era church was built between 1131 and 1138 to replace a Byzantine church. It is traditionally believed to be the spot where anne and Joachim, the parents of the Virgin Mary, lived. In 1191, Saladin turned the church into a Muslim Theological school. Later the church fell into ruins until it was donated to France by the Ottomans in 1856. Outside the church are the extensive remains of curiative baths as well as the ruins of a Roman temple dedicated to the god of medicine. It is widely beliebed that this site is the Pool of ethesda where, according to the Gospel of John (5:1-15), Christ cured a paralysed man.
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The Suq
watch also here when walking through as sellers wanna get you in their shops and trying their sweet talk on you and offering you tea or so just to get you to buy something. As a foreigner, you pay like 5 times
more for the most of the things. Most of the stuff is from Jordan where you get it far cheaper. Even if you have an arabic person with you they are still asking for a high price. FOOD: I do not recommend
eating within the Old City, especially not MEAT. Meat is not really kept cold so it is unsafe for us foreigners to eat it. Besides that, just enjoy the Old City. There is so much to see and to discover!

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