Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Village of Lifta.
On Monday we walked to an overlook of the Village of Lifta and Little Mavicito took some pics. Several readers were curious to know more about why Lifta appeared abandoned. This morning, my friend Shimon and I drove into the canyon containing Lifta to explore.

We found that nearly all of the homes in the canyon are not occupied. The dirt road which descends into Lifta is much too steep for myself or Shimon. So, we took pics from the upper part of the canyon.

After Israel declared its independence on May 14, 1948, a war on Israel was declared by Arab countries surrounding Israel. During the war, Arab residents of the Village of Lifta were displaced, never to return.
View of Lifta from head of the canyon.


Closeup view of a few abandoned
homes in Village of Lifta.


Beit Shemesh.
West along Highway #1, is Beit Shemesh, a city whose roots go back 3,000 years. Shimon was thinking of showing me another place in this area. However, fate took us in hand and led us to the center of Beit Shemesh.

We spent a few hours of enjoyment sharing the afternoon together. You know something? The miracle of friendship does not come along everyday. And when it does come along, it may be best to just enjoy every single second!
George & Shimon in Beit Shemesh.





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