A Tale of Two Cities - Jerusalem

Collection with 24 media items created by David Vaaknin

Iraq 07 Oct 2014 14:55

October 2-5, 2014
Jerusalem

Perhaps the most culturally significant city in the world, Jerusalem is a mosaic of religions, cultures, and traditions. It is a city where the past and the present collide in a both harmonious and conflictual way. Hip shopping malls are frequented by both secular Israelis and orthodox Jewish clientele who adhere to an ancient way of life; Palestinians buy mobile phones from a telecommunications kiosk in the walled old city; and international tourists marvel at one of the world's oldest churches. On the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the city's modern highways and light rail tramline stand empty as the use of all electronics is discouraged in recognition of the holiday. These photos illustrate the layers of this timeless, yet modern city.

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

A man is silhouetted while walking in an alley in Jerusalem's Old City, on October 5, 2014.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

Young Palestinians are seen in and outside a shop selling mobile phones, smartpohnes, protective cases and other cellular accessories in Jerusalem's Old City, on October 5, 2014.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

Tourists take photographs using their digital cameras and smartphones as they visit the 'Katholikon' at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Basilica of the Resurrection, one of Christianity's holiest sites in Jerusalem's Old City, on October 5, 2014.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

Tourists visit the 'Katholikon' at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Basilica of the Resurrection, one of Christianity's holiest sites in Jerusalem's Old City, on October 5, 2014.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

A Franciscan priest is seen reading inside The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Basilica of the Resurrection, one of Christianity's holiest sites in Jerusalem's Old City, on October 5, 2014.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

A Palestinians woman talks on her mobile phone as another woman carrying her infant walks by a closed store in Jerusalem's Old City, on October 5, 2014.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man wearing a prayer shawl walks towards the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site in Jerusalem's Old City, on October 5, 2014, as the golden shrine of the Dome of the Rock mosque seen in the background.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

Laundry is seen hanging on a rope on the rooftop of a house in the Arab neighborhood of Silwan outside Jerusalem's Old City, on October 5, 2014.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish tourists are seen as they visit the old city of Jerusalem, on October 5, 2014.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men walk past a women's clothing store in Jaffa Street, one of the longest and oldest major streets in central Jerusalem, on October 5, 2014. Photo By David Vaaknin, part of a photo story about Jerusalem, Israel - profiling contrasting sides to starkly diverse cities.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

A woman shops for clothes at a store located next to a fruit and vegetable stall at the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem, on October 5, 2014.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men examine Etrogs, lemon-like citrus fruits, for blemishes at the Mea Shearim neighbourhood in Jerusalem, Israel, on October 5, 2014, ahead of the upcoming week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the feast of the Tabernacles. The Etrog is one of four species used in rituals during the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which begins on Wednesday at sundown and commemorates the exodus of Jews from Egypt and the fourty years of wandering in the desert.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are seen outside a store at the Mea Shearim neighbourhood in Jerusalem, Israel, on October 5, 2014.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy carries palm branches to be used to cover the roof of the ritual booth known as sukkah, at the Mea Shearim neighbourhood in Jerusalem, Israel, on October 5, 2014, ahead of the upcoming week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the feast of the Tabernacles. The week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot begins on Wednesday at sundown and commemorates the exodus of Jews from Egypt and the fourty years of wandering in the desert.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish girl rolls an empty cart at the Mea Shearim neighbourhood in Jerusalem, Israel, on October 5, 2014. Photo By David Vaaknin, part of a photo story about Jerusalem, Israel - profiling contrasting sides to starkly diverse cities.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
01 Oct 2014

A view of Jerusalem is seen in the background as a woman leans against a lamp post in Givat Hamatos neighborhood in east Jerusalem.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
03 Oct 2014

A general view of a car-free motorway in Jerusalem, during Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, which is the holiest of Jewish holidays, on October 4, 2014. During Yom Kippur the country comes to a 25-hour standstill as devout Jews fast, all businesses are closed and although driving is not prohibited by law, the vast majority of car owners avoid driving on this day.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
03 Oct 2014

Israeli children ride their bicycles over the train-free light rail tracks of the Jerusalem Chords Bridge, or Jerusalem Bridge of Strings, during Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, which is the holiest of Jewish holidays, on October 4, 2014. During Yom Kippur the country comes to a 25-hour standstill as devout Jews fast, all businesses are closed and although driving is not prohibited by law, the vast majority of car owners avoid driving on this day.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks past a Palestinian vendor waiting for customers next his souvenir shop in Jerusalem's Old City, on October 5, 2014.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

Israelis and toursits walk past shops in the Alrov Mamila Avenue, an outdoor shopping mall in Jerusalem, on October 5, 2014.

October 2, 2014
Photo By David Vaaknin

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Oct 2014

A Palestinian child is seen walking on a road in the Arab neighborhood of Silwan outside Jerusalem's Old City.

October 5, 2014.

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jerusalem
By Levant Desk
01 Mar 2013

Young Palestinian men practice parkour on the old city wall near Jaffa gate. The boys have managed to turn the ancient walls into a modern day obstacle course, perfect for practicing parkour.

Photo by Sebastien Leban

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By Levant Desk
04 Nov 2013

A Palestinian woman walks past Israeli soldiers on patrol duty on the Via Delrosa in the old city of Jerusalem. The Via Delrosa is where Jesus is believed to have carried his cross on the way to his crucifixion.

Photo by Sebastien Leban

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Jerusalem
By Levant Desk
04 Nov 2013

Arab-Palestinian residents wait for the bus at the Palestinian bus station in east Jerusalem. This bus station services Palestinian neighborhoods in Jerusalem and city's in the West Bank, like Ramallah and Bethlehem.

Photo by Sebastien Leban