Jaffa

Our last port-of-call was Jaffa, the old city south of modern Tel Aviv, which has a completely different atmosphere to Tel Aviv, more run down, much more Arab, where, so far as one can tell, Christians, Jews and Arabs co-exist much more comfortably, as they presumably have for centuries.   We went to see two theatre groups, where Israelis and Palestinians work together and alongside one another, apparently amicably:  the Gesher Theatre, established by Yevgeny Arye, a Russian stage director, in 1991;  and the Jaffa Theatre in an old building by the sea.   After three days of unremitting pessimism and being reminded forever of the continuing failure of repeated peace initiatives, it was a relief to meet people who were working together without making a big deal of it.   Maybe this could be the future.

At lunch, I took photographs of the surrounding market:-

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