Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Quo vadis, Jerusalem?

Quo vadis, Jerusalem?
("Whither goest thou?" is how the King James Version translates the Latin Vulgate verse John 16:5.)
Quo vadis, where are you headed, Jerusalem? Just a few minutes ago the polls closed. Only 35% of Jerusalemites voted and their votes will determine who the new mayor will be. BTW, for the first time 17-year-olds were given the right to vote (formerly the age was 18).
Who will occupy City Hall for at least the next five years? The Jerusalem Municipality building in Safra Square (shown below) looks like a nice place to work.
Uri Lupolianski, a religious Jew, has been in office since 2003.
Either hareidi (ultra-Orthodox) Meir Porush or secular Nir Barkat will be declared winner in the coming hours. Either way, we are in for some big changes.
The lion is the symbol of Jerusalem.
My village is just a few minutes' drive outside the Jerusalem city limits, so I have no right to vote for the mayor. But I feel I am a Jerusalemite at heart.
Quo vadis, Jerusalem? God only knows.

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12 comments:

marina said...

Ow, you had elections in Israel! I hope the best wins.

RuneE said...

A higly relevant Q!

PS They say "kvakk", which is pronounced almost like "quack"

Leora said...

Love the lion.

I didn't know about 17 years olds voting. I wonder how they will influence the election.

Catherine said...

I count on you to introduce us the winner. You've already present their banner, but I'm sure you'll tell us many information concerning him.
Being elected with a percentage of 35 % is far from unanimity!

Kay said...

I wish you could vote, Dina because you are probably more informed than 90% of your population.

Miss_Yves said...

Clever idea for "Q" ...
"Quo Vadis "is also a famous novel!
The lion decorated with mosa¨ic is really beautiful !
(Some explanations later about modern cities )

Deslilas said...

Change for peace !

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

the lion looks magnificent - love the colours of the mosaic

shops in hania close at 3pm every day and open up at 5.30 on tuesday thursday friday
they open on saturday mornings, but are always closed on sundays
the only exception is big chain stores and supermarkets, which open all day every day except sunday.
this is not what the state dictates about shop opening hours; everything is supposed to open every day all day except sundays, but few people in the non-urban regions want this, therefore, they continue the old system, which i agree with, becos most shop assistants wouldnt get a break otherwise - during the easter christmas and new years periods, they work day and night...

spacedlaw said...

How come the percentage of people voting was so low? Were the people daunted by the extreme choice?

Reader Wil said...

Quo Vadis Jerusalem, Quo Vadis Humanity? It's the question asked every day all over the world. We commemorated the victims of all the wars since 1914, the Kristallnacht and the concentrationcamps, but wars are still continuing all over the world.

Webradio said...

I know the results...


I like the lion... Smile for You Dina...

ichandrae said...

hello beautiful Dina.
what a beautiful sculpture filled with colourful nobility and strength.

shalom.