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Photo Essay

A Magical Vista and Escape from the Everyday

Atop the roof of Souk Khan al-Zeit in the Old City of Jerusalem, November 10, 2021

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Atop the roof of Souk Khan al-Zeit in the Old City of Jerusalem, one can find personal space, despite the noise and hubbub surrounding it.

Atop the roof of Souk Khan al-Zeit in the Old City of Jerusalem, November 10, 2021

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Once can separate from the city and escape to another reality.

Atop the roof of Souk Khan al-Zeit in the Old City of Jerusalem, November 10, 2021

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Tourists visiting the rooftop is a daily occurrence.

Atop the roof of Souk Khan al-Zeit in the Old City of Jerusalem, November 10, 2021

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Moving from one place to another on the rooftop sometimes requires climbing and slipping, due to the lack of flat ground.

Atop the roof of Souk Khan al-Zeit in the Old City of Jerusalem, November 10, 2021

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Although there are playgrounds in the Old City, the al-Khan rooftop always remains a treasured spot for kids to play, because of the huge empty space up there. 

Atop the roof of Souk Khan al-Zeit in the Old City of Jerusalem, November 10, 2021

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Empty and abandoned spaces less than a kilometer away from settlers' houses can be found on the al-khan rooftop.

Atop the roof of Souk Khan al-Zeit in the Old City of Jerusalem, November 10, 2021

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Israeli soldiers visit daily to promote Israeli propaganda.

Atop the roof of Souk Khan al-Zeit in the Old City of Jerusalem, November 10, 2021

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The ground of the al-Khan rooftop is uneven.

Atop the roof of Souk Khan al-Zeit in the Old City of Jerusalem, November 10, 2021

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One of the difficulties one might face due to the uneven ground is slipping.

Atop the roof of Souk Khan al-Zeit in the Old City of Jerusalem, November 10, 2021

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The rooftop overlooks the churches.

Atop the roof of Souk Khan al-Zeit in the Old City of Jerusalem, November 10, 2021

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Empty roof space in the afternoon.

Atop the roof of Souk Khan al-Zeit in the Old City of Jerusalem, November 10, 2021

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The point of destination everybody faces.

Also in this series: Revisiting My Favorite Childhood Place, by Ihab Jadallah