Happy New Year – May Peace Be With You
I started this video production very reluctantly, yet with a sense that somehow, the full story needs to be told.
The name Jerusalem means City of Peace. Yet, throughout its history spanning more than 6,000 years, it always saw conflict.
In the course of history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times.
Jerusalem (Hebrew: יְרוּשָׁלַיִם), Yerushaláyim; (Arabic: القُدس) al-Quds; is the capital of Israel and its largest city in both population and area, with a population of 747,600 residents over an area of 125.1 square kilometres (48.3 sq mi) if disputed East Jerusalem is included. Located in the Judean Mountains, between the Mediterranean Sea and the northern tip of the Dead Sea, modern Jerusalem has grown beyond the boundaries of the Old City.
The city has a history that goes back to the 4th millennium BCE, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. Jerusalem is the holiest city in Judaism and the spiritual center of the Jewish people contains a number of significant ancient Christian sites, and is considered the third-holiest city in Islam.
Despite having an area of only 0.9 square kilometer (0.35 square mile), the Old City is home to sites of key religious importance, among them the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque.
I chose to include in this video all three peoples’ and their places of prayer.
The old walled city, a World Heritage site, has been traditionally divided into four quarters, although the names used today—the Armenian, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Quarters—were introduced in the early 19th century. The Old City was nominated for inclusion on the List of World Heritage Sites in danger.