field trips

The Mountain

Our trip brought us to a highly controversial place – a place so controversial, that one carefully has to think about what name to choose when referring to it.

A mountain, more of the size of a hill, considered as one of the most holy sites in the eyes of three major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

What they all have in common is the concept, that this point is some kind of gate between heaven and earth, a place of encounter between God and man.

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Lifta and Motza and the Jewish-Palestinian conflict

Lifta (or „Naphtoach“)

On the way to our first destination „Lifta“ on early Friday morning, we stopped on the side of a back road. What we saw were the leftovers of some old walls, and the vegetation told us that it was an abandoned place – nobody seemed to take care of it now.
Yet in my mind I imagined the beautiful fruit orchards and olive growths that once made this place so special, gardens and flowers decorating the entrance to this ancient village. The view was quite overwhelming – the green hill on the opposite side, the spacious valley in front of us, in the distance the entrance to Jerusalem. The spirit of this place was still tangible – a peaceful place, a place of abundance and rest.

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