Rode through a bit of East Jerusalem, from the back of my house northwards on sunday.
This part here with zigzag bends was good fun to ride around.
Was a mistake as realised this particular part of town was not safe, I often pass through smaller Arab sections, this was definitely the worse part of this country I have been outside of a car.
To start I went down a very very steep road, as I was hoping to go on the opposite side of the Peace Park, but I was quite some place from there.
Around the main centre bit of East Jerusalem there was a rubbish bin on fire. I am always seeing bins on fire, seems like people have nothing better to do that burn stuff. I asked some kids if they had called the fire service which they said they had. I turned down another road and saw three different army jeeps patrolling around.
Suddenly noticed the kids (young Arab kids always say Hello to me) were not so friendly, a large coke bottle landed few metres away from me, not sure where it came from, but they teenagers were throwing rocks at me, so I walked the bike up the hill quick (its too steep to ride upwards)
I notice this part of town is a complete hole. All the cars appeared to be vandalised and there is masses of rubbish absolutely everywhere. The media says Israel needs to be kinder to the Arabs and Palestinians but how can you help people that more or less choose to live like this. Once I reached safe-ish distance you can see this red VW Jetta had all the windows broken as well as at least 4 other cars further down. By the way I am on the Israeli side of concrete barrier here, so these people have more freedom than East Jerusalem on the other side of the wall.
Anyway after another mile or so through the old city I arrived at the Zion Gate. Glad to be in a nicer place. Note the bullet holes in the wall date from 1948, the country’s modern formation. Will bring my map with me next time.
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