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A trip to Jerusalem is not always a holy experience

I don’t like Jerusalem. For all its historical photo opportunities, it is an unpleasant city filled with more than its share of unpleasant people. Israeli soldiers loiter on every street corner, their machine guns slung lewdly across their chests. Fat European tourists waddle along the narrow streets to the mantra of their polyester-clad thighs rubbing together. Tacky shops sell Palestinian pottery decorated with menorahs or T- shirts bearing the slogan: “Don’t worry Israel, America is behind you.” Hassidic Jews scurry down the Dar el Wad, eyes down, always in a hurry-busy men with a purpose in life, which seems to…

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