Jerusalem Day, 2012

Last I was in Jerusalem, the City of Wrong, it was Purim, which I had not planned. And now I am back in Jerusalem for the first time since then, and it is Jerusalem Day. It is a happy day for some, and a sad day for others. In any case, I very slowly made my way from the Damascus Gate to Ben Yehuda–and both of those are great parts of the City–and here are some pictures along the way.

Mounted Police separating Arabs from Jews near Damascus Gate on Jerusalem Day 2012.

Palestinians in E Jerusalem, looking across the street at Jewish Israelis.

Jerusalem Day 2012 Jaffa Gate
Jerusalem Day 2012, Jaffa Gate

Two Jewish girls stand before the Citadel on Jerusalem Day

Lady dressed in Israeli flag, Jaffa St, 2012, Jerusalem Day.


Author: duanemiller

I was born in Montana and grew up in Colorado and Puebla (in Mexico). I completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and then an MA in theology at St Mary's University (also in San Antonio). Later life took me to Jordan where my wife and I studied Arabic, to Israel where I helped found a seminary, and to Scotland for doctoral work, among other places. I'm highly interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. My main areas of research for my PhD in divinity were religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari'a's treatment of apostates. I've also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire. I've had the pleasure of teaching in many places over the years: from Costa Rica to Turkey, and Kenya to Tunisia. Presently, I live in San Antonio where I am lecturer and researcher in Muslim-Christian relations at The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies (, and sometime adjunct professor of theology at St Mary's University. Visit my blog ( or page for more information or to have me speak at your church, university or seminary.

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