Eric almost gets stoned
Eric and Kenny encounter a stone throwing Palestinian while walking the Jerusalem ramparts.
|One day during our trip to Isreal, we decided to walk the northen part of the Ramparts surrounding Jerusalem. We had taken the Southern Ramparts walk a few days previously.||Sylvia and and Peter left to go back to the hotel room, while Kenny and Eric continued with the walk. This is the Damascus Gate through which they left.|
|We continued on the wall along the Muslim Quarter. While looking at a rather interesting site with a combination of ancient ruins, modern "fortifications" and trash, I heard a comotion behind me ...||... I turn to see a couple of young men hastily making their way through the base of the wall.|
|One was shimmying his way through on his back.||And another was shoving some kind of radio equipment through the opening. Here you can see a speaker. It looked like it was a piece of furniture. He was breaking what looked like legs off a table to get it through. You can see a speaker at his feet.|
|After taking a couple of pictures, I turned back to the other view. After a few seconds, Kenny told me that one of the kids was throwing rocks! The first couple landed below us upon the wall.||Here is the one whose was doing the throwing. Here he is picking up a rock. He threw a total of about 4 or 5 rocks. One of them, a fist size rock, came within a couple feet of my head, to smash upon the wall behind me! If it had hit my head, I'm sure I would have been seriously hurt, potentially killed (throwing rocks is a good transmission of energy I found out).|
|He started to come closer to me, I assume to get a better shot. At this point, I raised my camera as though I was taking a movie of them. This had the immediate consequence of causing them to cover their faces ...||... and run away. At this point, I decided that it would be best to complete our tour. So I hurried Kenny and myself to the next gate where I notified IDF about the incident.|
|Kenny was definitely, and rightly, a bit disturbed by the incident (as was I). I was worried that they may try to ambush us later, along the wall, as they probably knew the area well. Fortunately that did not happen.|