Tuesday, January 17, 2012


ABC Wednesday
is in its fifth year, an amazing accomplishment for A-Day.
Adding to the group effort, I hereby add ARMY MEN and their ARMS.

Thinking to eat my granola bar in the normally empty little garden adjacent to the Tower of David, I entered and was amazed to see some soldiers there!

And their arms were in piles. Automatic rifles everywhere.

Their backpacks were assembled just outside the Old City wall, next to the Jaffa Gate, with one soldier guarding them.
In guided tours, IDF soldiers are taught about Jerusalem, Israel, and all the heritage as part of their training.
But the young men and women certainly don't want to schlepp their pekelach all over the Old City.
And the churches and museums do not allow weapons inside.
But I have never seen such an "arsenal" as was assembled there in the garden a few weeks ago!


יעקב בן יעקב said...

Look at all the future ploughshares! You never know what you'll find growing in a garden.

photowannabe said...

I remember seeing many young military people touring at Yad Vashem. They seemed to have their weapons with them there. I liked the idea of the Army learning about their own history.

Dina said...

Yaakov, shalom and welcome. You just started a new blog? Nice song about Jerusalem you started with.

Photowannabe, I guess different institutions have different rules about bringing in guns. But in the Old City ... so many churches.
Yes, army service means education.
A shocking percentage of Israeli high school students have never visited Jerusalem.

chubskulit said...

Such an interesting piece of info about the army there.

Artists at our home is one of my entries, come and see. Have a lovely day!

VP said...

I remember meeting these groups all over Jerusalem...

☆♥Shydub♥☆ said...

Looking at those arms makes me think a pile of toy guns.

Visiting from ABC Wednesday and RT

Reader Wil said...

I have just been reading about the Tower of David in the book "Jerusalem the Biography", which I told you about!

Rachel said...

I was just reading my husband's copy of a magazine called "Israel, My Glory" and I thought of you while looking at the pictures of Jerusalem. Then I put it down, went to my computer and saw that you had recently posted. How wonderful! - And what a neat thing to behold, soldiers in the garden, growing piles of weapons.

Anonymous said...

oh ! would have made me afraid for sure. Like the first comment and its thought.
Please have you all a kind Wednesday.

Kate said...

I fondly recall dancing in a club in Tel Aviv with young soldiers who had their weapons slung across their solders.

You photo shows quite an arsenal with a good explanation.

crystal said...

Wow - they have to carry a lot of gear. Does everyone in Israel have to serve some time in the military?

Roger Owen Green said...

That many arms I'd have found unsettling!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Elena said...

Dina, so glad you are back! I was worried something had happened to you. You are our window onto a fabulous world!
I have to admit, I have never been to my country's capital either, and to my homestate's capital just once.
Hope to see all these arms converted to ploughshares someday. The fountain is lovely.

Suzanne said...

Oh my!

Spiderdama said...

That is many weapons.. I remember seen this thing outside Jaffa gate.

Hels said...

I too have run into groups of IDF soldiers being taught about history and heritage as part of their training. They have not always been as focused as we might have hoped, but history and heritage are what a nation is built on. Especially Israel.

Perhaps 18 year olds are more interested in food, girls and music :)

Sara said...

Wow, I wonder how they find their own guns again from those piles!

Dina said...

Shalom all. I enjoyed reading your reactions.

Crystal, military service is compulsory for all Jewish young men and women after high school. But many are exempt, e.g. those who are very religious.

Helen, most of the groups of soldiers being taught seem to be all boy or all girl; maybe they pay more attention without distractions. :)

Sara, I wondered that too.

Mel Cole said...

wow, that's a lot of guns. My "A" for ABC Wednesday.