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Join Tag Meir – Light a Candle for Coexistence

This week there will be much lighting of candles around the world. Jews will begin lighting Chanukah candles on Tuesday at sundown, and will continue for 8 days. In many parts of the world candles are also intimately associated with Christmas, coming as it does, at least in the Northern hemisphere, at the darkest time of the … Continue reading

Coexistence Training

Today I tried out two new forms of transport in Jerusalem. One is indeed new to the city – Jerusalem’s new light railway, which opened to the public ten days ago, after years of controversy and seemingly endless delays, and any number of questions about its positive or negative effect on Jerusalem transport and commerce. … Continue reading

Jerusalem Day or Yom HaNaqsa (the Day of Defeat)

Moshe Ben-Atar speaks poignantly in yesterday’s (Hebrew) Ha’aretz about what has become of the Jerusalem of his childhood – when Jews and Arabs were good neighbours to each other. Today, he suggests, suspicion and hatred have become part of the air we breathe in this so-called holy city. Yesterday’s Jerusalem Day seems to have become all … Continue reading

The Future of Jerusalem

Why is it that the dispute concerning Jerusalem seems to swing from “the eternal capital of Israel, one undivided city” to proposals to divide the city between East (Palestinian) and West (Israeli)? Why is it so rare to hear voices calling for a shared Jerusalem? A few years ago, when a Women’s Dialogue Group run … Continue reading