Getting into the mood for tomorrow's International Women's Day . . .
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.