Old City
Market, Ben Yehuda & Shuk
Garden of Gethsemane, Bethlehem
Caesarea, Tiberias
Capernaum, Cana, Nazareth


DAY -11
East Jerusalem and Bethlehem
Family pictures
Masada and Ein Gedi
Swimming in the Dead Sea
Last day in Israel
Jamilla and Ala

Ala works with Chris.  He gave us a tour of East Jerusalem from the Palestinian perspective.  Ala is very passionate about conditions in East Jerusalem and their treatment by the Israeli government.
Another view of the dome on the rock in the old city.
 
Ali drove us to the top of the Mount of Olives.  This man is picking olives.
Wall in East Jerusalem to separate the Shuafat refugee camp from the rest of Jerusalem.  Residents of that area must go through a check point to enter Jerusalem for work, shopping, medical treatment, etc.  Residents of the camp pay taxes but receive few services and little police protection.  For that reason, the crime rate is high.

Residents of East Jerusalem outside the camp receive some services for the taxes they pay, but it is a fraction of what is received by West Jerusalem.  This pro-Palestinian article gives further insight to the problems of the area.
This is a collection of audio/video clips recorded during the tour. The image is small to keep the file size down; it is still about 100MB.
After our tour, we picked up Melissa and the boys and went back to Bethlehem for more shopping, lunch and a return to Shepherds Field.

We ate at the Grotto and had the same meal we had the last time we were there (mixed grill - chicken, lamb and beef) and salads served family style.
After lunch we went back to Shepherd's Field.

The Gospel of Luke tells us that an angel announced the birth of Jesus to lowly shepherds, not the Nobel.
Catholic chapel in the Shepherd's Field.
The chapel has several murals.
 
 
Final shopping in Bethlehem.
Chris stopped of at RFC (Rodney's Fried Chicken) in Bethlehem to pick up chicken for dinner.
Today would have been Grandma Schuelke's 101st birthday and her very favorite food was fried chicken.  We celebrated with a candle on the chicken!
Sunday (day 12) we visited the Friends of Zion museum (very interesting) and saw the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Israeli Museum. Monday is packing and resting up for the trip home.

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