Mount Zion
is located just outside of Jerusalem's old city walls and west of Mount of Olives. The word Zion is often used to symbolize Jerusalem and the land of Israel. It's believed that the Jebusite fortress once stood there before it was conquered by King David. Several important holy sites are located on this mountain, including David’s Tomb, the Dormition Abbey and the Room of the Last Supper.

 







   




 

About Us

   I will return the captivity of my people Israel, and they will rebuild desolate cities and settle them.      AMOS (11:12)

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bullet Jerusalem On My Mind is a personal project that was inspired by several events that took place over the last 20 years. One of those events was my visit to Israel and Jerusalem specifically. That visit showed me that the homeland is not always a place where you were born or even a place where you presently live. It's your historic homeland where you reside spiritually. Jerusalem is such a place for me and for countless other Diaspora Jews.

Another event that profoundly affected my way of thinking was a terrorist attack that took place on 9/11. It was only by chance that on that day I did not make it to the office located only few blocks away from the World Trade Center. Thousands of people perished that day and I knew one of them personally. She was a coworker and the mother of two kids. She was a definition of innocent victim, far removed from politics and concentrating on raising her family.

Unfortunately as the time goes by the memory of that terrible event is gradually becoming an afterthought. The new institutions and tactics implemented after the 9/11 attack kept us relatively save for almost two decades. Given that track record it's quite shocking to hear some politicians and activists calling for abolishment of  some of those institutions including the Homeland Security. As the saying goes "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it".

Over the last couple of decades, we have also witnessed an unprecedented rise of anti-Semitism around the world, especially in Western Europe and the United States, where in the post World War II era the Jews have felt relatively safe. That is no longer a case, as Israel and Jew hatred is now part of the ideology adapted by many radical groups of all stripes and across the political spectrum.

The millennia old hatred of Jews has evolved into the pathological hatred of Israel.  A grossly disproportionate anti Israel voting at the United Nations is the perfect example of that obsession. UN bureaucrats are thriving on the campaign of demonization of Israel at every opportunity. So much so, that resolutions adapted by the UN against Israel over the last 20-30 years exceeded those adapted against all the other countries combined!

if that was not enough, a UNESCO resolution sponsored by Arab countries and passed on October 18, 2016 purposely referred to Jerusalem's holy sites only by their Arabic Names. The Western Wall was called the Al-Buraq Plaza and the Temple Mount as Al Haram Al Sharif. In other words, according to UNESCO, the holiest sites in Judaism have no Jewish roots and a 3000 year old history of Jews in the Holy City is a myth.

On March of 2019 the United States Congress could not pass a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to inappropriate comments expressed by one of its members. Draft text of the resolution was originally written to focus specifically on condemning anti-Semitism but the Congress could not muster enough votes to pass it and instead the text was revised to include a denunciation of all forms of bigotry.

The majority of Jewish members of Congress meekly went along with it. It was a pathetic display of cowardice that showcased the growing tolerance for anti-Semitism even in the halls of the most powerful institution in the land.

The precedent was set and It did not take very long for number of Israel hating politicians to take a next step in their battle against the Jewish state. They tried to promote the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction) bill that calls for delegitimizing of Israel. The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution that rejected the BDS, this time.

The lies and distortions coming out of media outlets around the world are sometimes laughable if not for the fact that many readers and viewers actually believe them. And that was one of the primary reasons that prompted me to start this site. My goal is to share what I have learned and sometimes express personal views in order to counter balance often one-sided reporting when it comes to the history of Jerusalem, Israel and Jews who support it.

We would welcome any feedback or suggestions you can provide.

 

                                                                                                               Jerusalem on My Mind (JoMM)