A walk in the wilderness of East Jerusalem

17.12.2011                      21.Kislev. 5772                      Wajeshew

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A walk in the wilderness of East Jerusalem

There is one way to prove that the new national park in East Jerusalem is not a bluff: Lace up your walking shoes and hit the road.

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul," said John Muir (1838-1914 ), who founded the first national park in the United States. On my way to Jerusalem I reflect on Muir and on an American friend of mine, who pasted a page of Muir's quotes on the wall of her room. "You can't resist someone who is truly capable of being moved by a tree," she told me.
Today I am traveling in the wake of Israelis who are also capable of being moved by trees – and even by a place where there are apparently not many trees. Earlier this month the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee approved the establishment of a national park on the eastern slopes of Mount Scopus. As far as the Internet is concerned, the park already exists: It has a page of its own on iNature.info, a Hebrew site that lists the country's national parks and nature reserves….