Tag Archives: Jerusalem


I think I may have found my world music album of the year: Shye Ben Tzur with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express. The same material I heard at Jerusalem’s Sacred Music Festival earlier this autumn. Magnificent.

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Sacred city

From my Times review [£] of Jerusalem’s Sacred Music Festival: Can art trump politics in such a divided city? Last year’s Sacred Music Festival began just days after the end of the Israeli incursion into Gaza, an operation that caused the … Continue reading

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Western Wall

The view from the ramp leading to Temple Mount. Men and women praying separately.

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Even when the two sides cooperated, it was agonizing: in 1950, the UN mediated the feeding of the one tiger, one lion and two bears of the Biblical Zoo on Israeli-controlled Mount Scopus and officially explained that “Decisions had to … Continue reading

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