By Abraham Rabinovich
The unification of Jerusalem following the Six Day struggle marked a brand new bankruptcy within the city's 4,000-year historical past, as Arabs and Jews adjusted after wars to lifestyles and not using a border among them.
Jerusalem used to be reworked in this interval from an city backwater right into a shiny urban valuable of its identify. Amidst the swirl of non secular and political passions unleashed by way of unification, eccentricity chanced on fertile floor. during this assessment, Jerusalem in the world lingers on people who, of their particular, occasionally weird and wonderful, personalities and global perspectives, mirror the various and extremely human concoction that used to be, and is, post-1967 Jerusalem.
Abraham Rabinovich coated town beat for a decade as a reporter for The Jerusalem Post.
• An arsonist who units hearth to Jerusalem's al-Aksa Mosque, 3rd holiest web site in Islam, comes with reference to touching off a brand new struggle. The worst is avoided while the perpetrator is came upon to be now not an Israeli yet a psychotic sheepshearer from Australia who needs to be anointed king.
• The Vatican, in an unparalleled circulation, sues considered one of its personal non secular orders in a Jerusalem court docket, both sides represented via a Jewish attorney who's professional in canon law.
• An ultra-religious Jew who crossed into Jordan as a tender guy to hunt fingers for a rebel opposed to the secular Zionist nation, engages his former prosecutor 3 a long time later in a debate at the German thinker Nietzsche prior to a packed Jerusalem hall.
• An Arab pupil enamored of the Hebrew language publishes the 1st Arabic translation of the Mishna, the traditional compilation of Jewish legislations. Its descriptions of lifestyle in antiquity evoke in him nostalgia.
• The homicide of 2 nuns, a mom and daughter, in a Jerusalem convent briefly suspends hostilities among the 'White' Russian church in East Jerusalem and the 'Red' Russian church in West Jerusalem.
• In what psychologists might come to name the 'Jerusalem Syndrome', a couple of travelers are in brief hospitalized every year after succumbing to the city's charisma and assuming the personality of biblical figures.
• Danish-born Sister Abraham, who speaks 15 languages and navigates the town on a bicycle, turns into the 1st white lady to be authorised as a nun within the Ethiopian church. She writes a ebook and solves a mystery.
• A police agent despatched into the Mea Shearim zone to penetrate a militant ultra-orthodox fringe makes impressive friends.
• A maverick American architect, preventing off in Jerusalem with a backpack and caricature booklet, derails large development initiatives and saves the city's skyline prior to relocating on.
• Arab and Jewish underworlds are one of the first sectors to hitch forces after the warfare. The police aren't some distance at the back of, with joint Arab-Jewish patrols.
• a unprecedented inspect the interior sanctums of the Hassidic global as road warfare breaks out among feuding factions.
• A rabbi and an Arab village leader meet within the Mount of Olives cemetery to debate which has priority—the rights of the useless or the rights of the living.
Through all of it, we watch Mayor Teddy Kollek preside over the town with ability, wit and a defiant conviction that unification of the 2 Jerusalems can paintings.