In September I visited Jerusalem. The last time I came here was in 2014, where I visited the “Hand in Hand School”. To wander through the holy city is always very special, as it reveals so many different layers.
People you would meet in one day criss-crossing Jerusalem: Nir, the Jewish artist, who was ultra-orthodox until he realized he wants to live in a gay community, Aviv who was raised in an ultra-atheist family and who now runs projects which foster dialogue with the Jewish ultra-orthodox and the Muslim community, the secular Jew Itay, who, despite death treats, trys to strengthen the tradition of Secular Judaism, Mahmoud from East-Jerusalem who is doing peace projects within his Palestinian neighbourhood in order to raise awareness to deal with the occupation in a peaceful way, or Sarah, who is a lesbian ultra-orthodox Jew, fighting for LGBT rights together with local orthodox rabbis.
And finally you would run into a prayer house where Muslims, Jews and Christians are praying together under one roof and under the guidance of a Muslim Sufi Sheikh, an orthodox Rabbi, a female Coptic and a Franciscan priest.