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Friday, December 21, 2007

A Birth in the Old City

For most Americans, their only view of Israel is either the tourist shots of the Temple Mount and the Kotel (Western Wall) or photos of Israeli soldiers with guns slung over their shoulders in hot pursuit of a terrorist bomber.

Here's a much more reality based look at the Old City of Jerusalem. Although this video is in Hebrew, it's pretty easy to follow even if you don't know a word of Hebrew. The video follows a Mogen David Adom (equivalent of the Red Cross but without the cross) EMT as he's called to help a woman in active labor. Ride through the amazingly narrow and crowded streets of Jerusalem, up stairways and through ancient archways as he rushes to get to the woman's home deep inside the Old City. Once there, he picks up the mom-to-be, and half-way through their trip to the hospital, he delivers her baby.

This is a moving video on several levels. The birth of any baby is a joyous event, even when it's an emergency delivery. But what makes it particularly emotionally wrought is watching the people, Arabs, Israelis, tourists alike mingle through the Old City in a perfect peaceful summers day. This is what most of Jerusalem is like on a day-to-day basis.


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Blogger Limmud Southeast said...

Thank you for this!

21/12/07 10:27 AM  

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