Snow in Jerusalem

It is always exciting to see Jerusalem in the snow. Here are two recently published photographs:

Jerusalem from the south. Photo: James Cheatham

This beautiful photo was taken from the Haas Promenade, also called Abraham’s View, as this must have been the first place from which Abraham viewed Mount Moriah. Makes one realize that Abraham might have seen Jerusalem (Salem) in the snow as well!

View from the Mount of Olives. Photo: James Cheatham

This view from the Mount of Olives is another favourite spot in connection with Jesus’ prophecy over Jerusalem (Matt. 24; Luke 21).

These pics reminded us of another heavy snowfall when we just started to work on the Temple Mount Excavations in 1973:

Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives with the Dome of the Rock barely visible in the center. Photo: Leen Ritmeyer 1973.

It was one of the few days that we could not work, as this picture makes clear:

Temple Mount Excavations in the snow. Photo: Leen Ritmeyer 1973.

The above pictures were taken by people who love Jerusalem. It was sad therefore to see that even snow on the Temple Mount has been politicised by Palestinians:

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