After my trip to Rachel’s tomb I took some pictures on the way back….
The white sign shows a welcome to Jerusalem
New house construction in progress. This was stopped for a while during the building freeze which was during talks with the Palestinian Authority.
Houses are far to expensive here, new builds all around the country are necessary to provide for growing Jewish and Arab families. (its common for both types of families to have 5-10 children) Other cities like Karmiel pay about 40% less rent for a similar apartment than Jerusalem residents do. I don’t think of the houses as a settlement, but as part of the regeneration of the sovereign nation of Israel. There is a new school, police station and shops in this district when I went there about 2 month ago.
I stopped outside this church on the Hevron Road. Its a Greek church, and has very pretty gardens.
Everyone had just left when I arrived, I spoke to priest who had tradition Greek Orthodox Christian garb on, asking if I could look around but he said he was just locking up.
There are Arab Christian families on the way back to their cars. I am not sure if these Arab people live the main west part of Jerusalem or if they come across the border that is about 2Km down the road where I have just come from.
Left: There is small cafe and plenty of picnic tables, and looks like a nice place to fellowship with people after the service. I need to come back here another time I think. Right: Poster for Taybeh, a Palestinian beer, on a table in the garden.