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Friday, 15 August 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Forty Fourth Day – Protesting

Today is Friday, and there was supposedly no class today, but because the teacher moved the day from Monday to Friday, it was school day only for my class.

For the week day name in Arabic, they just use number from Sunday to Thursday.  Sunday is “Day one,” and Thursday is “Day five.”  But Friday is called “Day of Jum-ah.”  I think this name possibly came from the word mosque which is “Jami-” in Arabic.  And most of the Arabic speaking area is muslim.  So Friday in Arabic might mean “the day for Mosque.”  And Saturday is “Day of sabt” in Arabic, which I guess came from the word Shabat.

Friday Worship of Muslims on the street

Friday Worship of Muslims on the street

After the class, I understood why this Christian University does not have class on Fridays.  They broadcast the service into the air with so loud volume of speaker, and people worship on the streets.  The other side of the picture and the street is totally blocked by the people.  Every Friday, the Manger Square is filled with muslims.  And I was not able to move at all.  This is not cool.  And there is not even an easy detour.

Palestinians protesting against Israel

Palestinians protesting against Israel

After the Muslim service, people began to shout something and raised many flags.  I asked some people around me, and was told that they were protesting for Gaza and against Israel.  They were marching to the “famous” Israeli separation wall.  They said that they would throw many stones at Israel soldiers.  I just hope that no one would get hurt, because Israel soldiers might shoot at them.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Thirty Fifth Day – Walking to School

Since I had bad experience with the Palestinian taxi driver, I avoid taxi ride as much as possible.  And from the hosting house to Bethlehem University, it takes 50 minutes to walk.  And from Beit Sahour to Bethlehem is always uphill, sometimes very steep.  And I am walking twice everyday.

Sheep? Goat? on the street

Sheep on the street

On the way to school, I encounter the herds of sheep and goats a couple of times.

Sidewalk in Beit Sahour

Sidewalk in Beit Sahour

The overall walking experience is not good.  First, the sidewalk is very narrow.  And even many cars blocked the sidewalk by parking on it.  The sidewalk discontinues several times.  Some places, the trees are planted on the sidewalk which take all the room on the sidewalk.  The streets in Palestine is not the cleanest but it is much better than in Cairo, Egypt.

Peaceful Protest

Peaceful Protest

While walking in Beit Sahour, I found my favourite wall painting.  I believe, hope, and pray that peaceful protest would work eventually.

Bethlehem Peace Centre in Manger Square

Bethlehem Peace Centre in Manger Square

This is manger square where the Nativity church is.  Many of the McCormick travel group may remember this building, and there is “Stars & Bucks” nearby.

Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

From the manger square, I walk up to the market, and there is small plaza with the star of Bethlehem.

Then I need to make a right turn and then left to go to the Bethlehem University, but I was a bit confused at first day walking.  So I asked a Tourist Police on the street, where the Bethlehem University is.  And he said, “What?  Do we have a university in Bethlehem?  Really?”  Well, I walked straight another minute, and found very small sign of Bethlehem University with arrow mark.

View from classroom

View from classroom

This is the view from my classroom.

Korean-Palestinian Friendship Street

Korean-Palestinian Friendship Street

I walked the same road on the way back home.  My hosting family lives on “Korean – Palestinian Friendship Street.”  How nice the street name is.  I heard that this road is sponsored by Korean embassy.

Korean Cultural Centre

Korean Cultural Centre

And down on the street, the Korean Cultural Centre is under construction.  This building is located on the lowest corner of the street.  In Israel/Palestine, good buildings and rich people live on the mountain top and high places.  In Korea, poor people live on the mountain top and high places.

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