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Jerusalem November 1
Last week I went to the Jerusalem Knights street happening. It was staged in the Christian Quarter of the Old City and I think it aimed to conjure up some of the medieval atmosphere. Some of the street performers were really very good, and to hear Greensleeves and Latin hymns in the alleyways of the Old City was very different. The event itself was absolutely packed – it was almost impossible to park and it was a real joy to see the throngs. You can view our Jerusalem Knights Album.
On another tourist note – Tel Aviv has been named as the third city of the year for 2011 by Lonely Planets. The international, cosmopolitan and happening nature of Tel Aviv were the reasons for the award. More details are available.
In terms of general news this was the week of the general strike that never was. It is of course good news that the strike was averted and the claims were honored in some respect. I have a feeling that there was less hype in the press and so the two sides managed to reach an agreement in the early hours before the strike was due to start.
The other big story this week is the way that students and seminary students are funded. It is a political hot potato, relating to the make up of the government coalition. The students are supported by some the senior faculty. I suspect that this will roll on and on, and we will be subject to some interesting protests.
Until next week…..