Jerusalem Absent the Television Set

The first three photos are of three places in Jerusalem often seen on T.V.: the first, associated with Judaism, is the Western (or Wailing) Wall , where I am giving a poor imitation of the visiting dignitaries who love to be photographed there; the second, associated with Islam, is the Dome of the Rock or the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount; the third, associated with Christianity, is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (or Church of the Resurrection) considered to be the site of Jesus’s empty tomb. The final photo is of a Jerusalem generally not to be seen except in person: the one in which modernity, in the form of a superhighway, sits comfortably next to the holy city’s ancient Temple. This modern context, which the three religions share, is where historic conflicts between themisrael 703will have to be adjusted if they are not to remain never-ending.israel 688israel 724israel 763