מְקוֹמִי ירושלים חֲדָשׁוֹת, ישראל
Jerusalem Day is the main holiday of the year, which this time will take place in quarantine
This year, the capital of Israel will celebrate its 53rd anniversary. But, unfortunately, due to the epidemic of the Kovid-19 virus, the long-awaited holiday will take place not in the usual format, but with certain restrictions.
The main tradition of celebrating the day of the city, from year to year - the traditional dance of flags in Jerusalem. But this time it was canceled. Only thanks to the Supreme Court, the police and the organization organizing the march, the action will take place on Thursday evening.
The Supreme Court has asked two parties - the police and the Amla Kavali Association - to agree on a plan for this year's limited event. After discussions between the police and the organization, the head of the Jerusalem Police Department presented the agreements reached.
Residents of the capital rejoiced at this news.
What holiday awaits Jerusalem?
This year the celebration will take place without government meetings, without a city-loving ceremony, The Ethiopian Jews National Remembrance Day ceremony will be without a crowd, and the ceremony to honor beloved Jerusalem at the Tower of David Museum will be canceled.
Dances in the center of Yeshiva will also be held in a limited format.
As for the flag dance itself, the event will consist of three sections.
The first is driving trucks and cars.
The second is a human chain of several hundred people, which will take place in several places approved by the police. People are transported around the Old Town by buses provided by the municipality. The main requirement - participants will have to stand at a distance of 2 meters from each other. During this part, other participants will be allowed to watch the chain from the Wall embankment.
The third part - 450 people will be able to pray at the Western Wall.
Lawyer Nati Rom, representing Amalabi, said: "The tradition will not be broken. We are glad that the flag dance continues even during the Crown, and we hope that next year we will have a particularly big event. We thank the Israeli police for their efforts and persistence ".
So, the feast of Jerusalem, albeit with restrictions, will still take place.
Ancient Mosque, Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount
Temple Mount is a special place for the Jewish people.
According to old legends, it was on it that Abraham had to give his own son, Isaac. Here the sanctuary was rebuilt in the form of a temple with an ark. The Temple Mount was the point from which the great Way of the Cross began. After the destruction of the temple, which occurred 40 years after its creation, two mosques were erected on this site. One of them was the Dome of the Rock.
This mosque impresses with its grandiose golden domes and is an outstanding example of architecture. Each of the domes in diameter reaches about 20 meters. Thanks to this, they are visible from almost anywhere in the city.
Inside the mosque is a rocky platform from which, according to legend, the prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.
There is also a museum of Islamic art, and the Paradise Stone and Earth Stone are kept.
The internal halls of the mosque are decorated with marble, ceramic tiles and mosaic ornaments. Two-story galleries with multi-colored stained-glass windows stretch along the walls.
Even the most luxurious hotels in Jerusalem cannot be compared with this mosque in its splendor.
During quarantine, work on urban infrastructure projects accelerated
During quarantine, traffic on the roads was limited, which caused the activation of infrastructure.
In this regard, Mayor Moshe Leon this week instructed specialists to accelerate urban infrastructure projects.
For example, the first and most important project that is already underway is the expansion of the light rail line, the red line, to Hadass Ein Kerem in the south and Neve Yaakov in the north.
“The municipality of Jerusalem, the Ministry of Transport, the group of transport master plans and Moriah will facilitate infrastructure work to expand the red line of the light rail in the coming days,” the mayor said. The municipality added that for more intensive work, work will be performed during rarefied automobile traffic.
The work will include excavation and laying of railway infrastructure, after which the transport situation will be restored to its previous state.
Another important project that is being implemented next week will be the laying of public transport routes on Begin Road.
As part of this work, the route will be expanded, and a 2.5 km long road will be built on the new route. The work will include the organization of infrastructure for the placement of control and information signs, lighting and fences.
Also this week, the modernization of city streets will be accelerated. Modernization work includes the modernization of roads and sidewalks, including geometric changes, modernization of lighting, planting trees and flowers, as well as the placement of outdoor furniture.
This burst of infrastructure work is caused by the desire of the municipality to minimize the inconvenience of citizens.
Mahane Yehuda Market Opens Thursday
The Ministerial Committee finally made the long-awaited decision to open markets for buyers, as well as open shopping centers throughout the country.
“Law enforcement agencies are ready for the mission, and starting on Thursday morning, they will enter the market and ensure compliance with the guidelines,” the words of the city measure.
The committee approved the opening of the main Mahane Yehuda market, subject to strict quarantine rules.
According to the approved scheme, all sellers and buyers in the Mahane Yehuda market will have to wear masks and observe the rules of social distance - 2 meters. Also, barriers will be installed at the entrances to the market, and inspectors will monitor the number of incoming customers.
In addition, law enforcement and police officers in the municipality of Jerusalem will enforce Covid 19 virus prevention rules.
Market traders welcome the long-awaited discovery.