Saturday, March 7, 2009

More women of Jerusalem

Getting into the mood for tomorrow's International Women's Day . . .
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Do yourself a favor: click to enlarge this photo and enjoy the braids of this Ethiopian beauty.
Her finger is pressing an earphone which I like to think is an iPod, judging by her slight swaying movements.
Several guards are always stationed at each of the four main entrances to the huge Shuk Machaneh Yehuda outdoor produce market. With big automatic rifles slung over their shoulder.

A Wikipedia article begins thus: "The Israel Border Police ( מִשְׁמַר הַגְּבוּל‎, Mishmar HaGvul) is the military branch (gendarmerie) of the Israeli Police. It is also commonly known by its Hebrew abbreviation Magav (Hebrew: מג"ב), meaning border guard, whilst its members are colloquially known as Magavnikim (Hebrew: מג"בניקים). Border Guard is often used as the official name of the Israel Border Police in English."

Like the young woman in the picture, most of the male and female magavnikim standing all day by the shuk look bored, and rightfully so. Let's hope the situation stays that way, nice and quiet with no terrorism.

9 comments:

CathM said...

Things look as they always have in Israel... bustling and vibrant scenes of life!

Dina said...

Hi CathM. You are very generous and gentle in those words. Nice euphemisms for "chaotic balagan." :)
Oi, I still need to post the Anglican School for you. Sorry for the delay.

Reader Wil said...

The young woman looks great. I've heard that these rasta, as we call it, braids are very difficult to make and that washing this hair takes a lot of time. It's nice to see but too complicated for me. Tomorrow is International Women's Day! You are right to remind us of that important event. Shabbat Shalom. Peace and quiet in your city!

Dina said...

Wil, thanks. Yeah, the rasta braids are fun to see. But me, I have no time or patience for anything more than short straight hair.

richies said...

You and your area are in my prayers.

An Arkies Musings

Susie of Arabia said...

She's probably not a Rasta. More than likely, those braids are probably bought and sewn in. My husband used to own a shop that sold hair like that. The Rastas let their go au natural and it's not in braids but in what they call dreadlocks. Our Rasta neighbor in Florida had dreadlocks that reached to the floor when he stood up and then some!

Pat - Arkansas said...

Excellent photograph, Dina. Her braids are marvels. I wonder how long it takes her to achieve that effect, and how often it has to be redone.

I continue to be amazed by the spirit of perserverance of the people who live in Israel, and their ability to survive and succeed under conditions which are so different from my own. Like Richies, I keep you and all these others in my thoughts and prayers.

I hope you had a peaceful Sabbath.

Catherine said...

Let's hope she will continue to kill the time phoning. With no serious troubles. No more, ever.

Kris said...

I've long been a supporter of the women of Jerusalem...