Voices of Jerusalem

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced in July that Israeli and Palestinian leaders had tentatively agreed to resume peace talks, we couldn’t help but wonder how regular residents in the region feel about prospects for resolution.

Our reporters went into the streets of Jerusalem to interview residents about their experiences living in the shadow of conflict and their hopes for peace.

Their responses were varied and sometimes difficult to hear. Some were hopeful, others cynical. Many expressed tolerance, even fondness, for their neighbors of other faiths, while a few seethed with fear, anger and resentment. Here are their stories.

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Meet:

SAFAA KHATEEB, Palestinian student

DAVID BONEH, Mahane Yehuda merchant

SHALEV BENYAKOV, musician

AARON EIMES, Anglican minister

MOHAMMED HAWSAWI, Palestinian man

YEHUDA CAVAOLI, Brazilian immigrant

ISAAC NUSEIBEH,
Christian Arab

JOSEPH AND PENINA CITRIN, Haredi couple

HAJ FATHI, Palestinian merchant

RENA SERED, American immigrant

ZEMENE KASSA, Ethiopian immigrant


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