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This Week's Tours- A New Bus Tour and A New Blog

posted Jan 12, 2012, 10:53 PM by Jack Cadranel
Between May 1948 and June 1967 the Old City was in Jordanian hands and the Cease Fire Line, the effective border between, Israel and Jordan divided Jerusalem. This week's tours, each in its own way, explore this period in Jerusalem's history.
Our walking tour on Monday January 16th is about Exile and Return. It follows the drama of the battle for the Jewish Quarter in 1948 and 1967. In the 1948 War of Independence the Jewish Quarter of the Old City was under siege. Despite the valiant fight of its defenders it fell to the Arab Legion just two weeks after the establishment of the State of Israel. The fighters were taken into captivity and the rest of the residents expelled. For 19 years until its recapture by Israeli troops in the Six Day War in 1967 Jews did not set foot in the Old City.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. just outside the Zion Gate. Please wear modest dress for this tour.
On Wednesday January 18th take A Walk along the Cease Fire Line from the UN Building to Yemin Moshe. Discover some of the quirks and crazinesses of the 1948-1967 Cease Fire Line as it cut through Jerusalem while you follow a wonderfully scenic route along the Haas and Sherover Promenades through Abu Tor to Yemin Moshe. Where were the Lulav and Lion Posts? What happened when a bull escaped from a Jordanian abbatoir? Why did the building of a toilet in Abu Tor lead to 18 hours of discussions by the Mixed Armistice Commission? Find out all this and more.
Meet at 9.30 a.m. in the Haas Promenade (Tayelet) parking lot near the UN building (Bus No.8).
Please note that the schedule is subject to change and that walking tours will only take place if a minimum of three people have registered. Registration in advance is required. Call 054-647-8955 or email tourwithjack@gmail.com . Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and to bring hats and water. Each tour lasts 2-3 hours and costs NIS 70 per person plus site entrance fees. There are site entrance fees of NIS 10 on Monday's tour.
Book now for our bus tour to Tel Aviv on Tuesday March 6th - "Tour With Jack to Another Country".
Check out our new blog at http://tourwithjack.blogspot.com/ for news and views about touring in Jerusalem and around Israel.