Friday, April 19, 2002

Another beautiful spring day today... I was walking around downtown, not far from the Kikar Tzion area where there have been 5 or more deadly terrorist attacks in the last few months. I haven't been there for a while, and it was very quiet. A lot of restaurants, a hotel, and other businesses have closed down. Most restaurants have a guard in front and add a "security surcharge" to the bill.

Later on I stopped at an indoor mall in Talpiot where things are much more hopping - for the obvious reasons.

Today's papers have a lot about Europe: photos of anti-Israel demonstrations in Spain and Holland, articles about the UK press treatment of events in Jenin, pundits trying to explain why Europe tries to understand teenage Jihad bombers but doesn't try to understand us. Noone here, not even Haaretz, takes seriously the Palestinian "massacre" accusations that the Europeans are tossing around as fact.

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