Thursday, August 28, 2008

Symbol of Ownership or Symbol of Coexistence

Picture of Magen David above the entrance to the Tomb of Shimon Hatzadik (Shimon the Righteous) in the old city of Jerusalem is courtesy of Anat Skili.
Copyright: Anat Skili 2008
Thanks to Dobush from Kfar Aza for referring me to her blog.
Shimon Hatzadik was the last of Anshei Knesset Hagedolah. Legend has it that he met Alexander the great in Jerusalem.
The Tomb of Shimon Hatzadik is a controversial place: Arabs and Jews claim ownership on it. I guess that this Magen David is meant to show the Arabs that the place is holy to the Jews. I am quite sure that the drawer didn’t know that the six-pointed star is Muslim not less than Jewish, and in fact it represents coexistence, but if one is satisfied with his ignorance why do I bother to disturb him?

Tombstone of a Jewish soldier

Picture of a Magen David mark on a tombstone of a Jewish soldier in the British Military Cemetery in Ramla was taken two years ago by Dobush from Kfar Aza.
Copyright: Dobush 2008