"All the romantic relationships in Robledo revolved around El Jordan thanks to that jukebox," says Margarita Velez, age 72, who has spent nearly her entire life in the neighborhood.
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Architects of the peace process have forever talked about leaving difficult issues until last, and in the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, nothing fits the bill of "difficult" as much as Jerusalem.
Today the curious traveler can get a government tour after securing an easy permit in Damascus. It is perhaps the best and most disturbing example of disaster tourism in the Middle East.
I have always been interested in those places where the membrane between the seen and the unseen is thin -- where human beings feel able to touch the eternal.
Treating Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem as foreigners who entered Israel is astonishing, since it was Israel that entered East Jerusalem in 1967.
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