We in Jerusalem are often delayed and prevented from going where we want to go by the discovery of a suspicious object.
See those bags strapped to the trash bin?
Very soon traffic was at a standstill, backed up for blocks.
Before doubling back and walking a different route, I stood there for a while, soaking up the atmosphere.
The Christian Ethiopian lady in white continued sitting and waiting for her bus. (Ethiopia Street and their church and monastery are right around the corner from HaNeviim Street.)
Soon came two ultra-Orthodox haredi men in black.
Then an Arab family.
We, representing the different populaton "sectors," all stood there, equally curious if something would explode, wondering when the police sappers and/or robot would arrive, and annoyed by the delay and detour.
But no one was afraid.
It is just a common fact of life in Israel, these suspicious objects.