Take a short tram ride from Damascus Gate, via City
Hall, to Jaffa Road (also known simply as "YAFO")
and there you'll find some of the homeless of the
Eternal City of Jerusalem. And, for such homeless
Jerusalem is obviously far from golden.
While such renowned English hymns as Rev'd Johh Mason
Neale's "Jerusalem The Golden" and Sir Hubert Parry's
1916 English patriotic anthem "Jerusalem" gives high praise
to Religious Jerusalem in its hymnology and Anglican voice,
the modern day homeless of Jerusalem can find there is little
golden at the Eternal City, especially for those stuck
on Jaffa Road or at YAFO.
Yet over 2,000 miles away at London from Jerusalem , those
on Jaffa Road could well be seen on say Fulham Road with
only a change of scenery. Otherwise, they'd be exactly the
same as in many cases of UK homelessness due to the
similar circumstances that first made them become
homeless. So sad, yet so true!
A Jerusalem Jew Found Homeless On Jaffa Road. A
Rare Sight Among The Homeless of The Eternal City.
Luckily for me, a young 23 year old college fella called
"Harley," who worked part-time at my Jerusalem B&B,
agreed to come with me to act as my street interpreter
among the Jaffa Road homeless. Harley was great!
Taking my questions in English, he then spoke in Arabic
and/or Hebrew to the homeless and their answers he gave
me back in English. I was in luck! We approached the
first Jaffa Road homeless man of about age forty or so
as he lay on his makeshift bed on the cold pavement or
sidewalk to ask him some questions about himself and his
condition of homelessness at Jerusalem The Golden.
When asked how he become homeless, he said he didn't
know! Asked how long he'd been homeless, he said he
didn't know! Asked if he was a rough sleeper, he said he
didn't know! Asked what he did before he became homeless,
he said he didn't know. Asked if he was single or married or
divorced he said he didn't know. Asked how old he was, he
said he didn't know. Asked if he'd had a job at sometime in
the past, he said he didn't know!! Oh, boy! How long have
you been homeless at Jaffa Road. You guessed it! He said he
didn't know .... For a moment I thought perhaps the young
college kid Harley wasn't interpreting my questions correctly
into Arabic, but he assured me that he was and that the man's
answers were exactly the same - he said he "didn't know" to
every question asked of him. In frustation, we moved on to
the next homeless Arabic man (shown at the above caption
image) just yards away. He spoke broken English and he
tried his best to explain his personal predicament
to Harley and I.
In his mid-30's, he said he was forced on the streets after
losing his day job for being in a row with one of his fellow
workers at the local marketplace. He said he has been un-
able to find another job and didn't have any money now to
pay for rent. Homeless for just under a year, he has never
married and is estranged with his parents and siblings for
reasons he didn't explain. He survives by begging daily on
Jaffa Road at where in 1917 British Troops marched down
the same road to declare "The British Mandate" of Palestine
and long before the present State of Israel come into exist-
ence in 1948. He said he'd like to go to England since he
was told the homeless there were treated real good. I
assured him that such wasn't particularly true, but for the
English homeless there is at least some mechanism in place
to help them while such is not true at Jerusalem The Golden.
A Muslim, he also said he wasn't into Islam and doesn't find
the Mosques or Imans that helpful to him. They look
down him, he said. When we gave him a donation, he
stood up and hugged me and Harley graciously.
Homeless "Jack" Begs All & Every Day.
With his bed and crutch, the Muslim homeless man has
been in fights on Jaffa Road or YAFO with other home-
less people (see his bandaged hand) who have tried to
dislodge him from his favourite spot to beg and sleep
for the last four years at Jerusalem The Golden.
Another Jaffa Road homeless Arab resident.
Jerusalem's Jaffa Road or YAFO.
from what I saw on Jaffa Road or YAFO. It took me
almost a week to discover the homeless since at the
Old City the Israeli police and military quickly move
on any so-called "undesirable characters" like the
homeless and street beggers. They then usually land
up at Jaffa Road or YAFO, it seems. Jaffa Road is
where the ordinary folkz live and although only a
few miles away from the tourist hub one would hardly
know one was at Jerusalem the Golden. Few foreign
tourists and religious pilgrims venture to Jaffa Road
like I did. They can see Jaffa Road from the safety of
their tram windows, but they mostly go on to visit the
World Zionist Cemetery Jerusalem and/or Israel's Jad
Vashem Holocaust Memorial at Mount Herzel. But
for me, I visited both the cemetery and Jaffa Road.
So, I visited both the half-living and the full dead!!
I only wish Jerusalem was the golden for the homeless.
That would mean, having no homelessness there at all.
But reality always replaces idealism and fantasy when
it comes to social questions and solutions about the
homeless. There is no golden answer or magical wad
for the homeless even at Jerusalem The Golden.
Fraternally, Uncle Monty.
+4th Sunday After Epiphany, 2012.
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Rymarzak, 43, and UK police doctor Egyptian Muslim
Hisham El-Baroudy, 56, who was cleared of criminal man-
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Building At London's Camberwell Road.
cleric (shown above), advised the Church of England on
how to handle sham marriages has been jailed for two and
a half years for conducting sham marriages of his own!!!
UK Murder Victims of Reverse Racism.
Black Death For Whites. By Alex Albion.
They talk about the Stephen Lawrence Murder inside
the UK. But they never talk about the death victims of
black-on-white crime nor of teenage black-on-black
murder and street stabbings that never occurred until the
mass onslaught of millions of Africans came to the UK
under despised and cunning socialist Tony Blair. For Eng-
lish whites, it's little more than mindless 'reverse racism'
by such blacks that ends in the deadly murder of white
folkz with some of them shown above. Yet, little or
nothing is being done or said about it ... In the meantime,
more whites can expect to be murdered inside the UK by
such criminal and dangerous blacks, lawless immigrants,
violent Muslims, and/or heartless foreigners of every sort.
Such is the deadly cost and savage reality of the imposed
multiculturalism and multiracialism inside Broken Down
Britain by those bleeding heart liberals and hideous
New Labour lefties that have turned the country upside-
down. With them, they've brought constant crude crime
waves of black and ethnic violence and mayhem as seen
only last year on the streets of London and elsewhere.
Yet, they still talk about the Stephen Lawrence Murder
as if such was the only UK murder or major crime
ever worth mentioning! It is NOT!!"
And, Screams of Racism by new blacks
are monotonously heard almost daily against whites
inside the UK as the British news media constantly
back blacks while demonizing their own white folkz.
What's so special about such black troublemakers?
Why give them a public platform to scream racism
to always get their way at our expense? John Terry
doesn't stand a chance nor does Emma West
nor did the defendents in the Stephen Lawrence
Murder case. They're convicted almost sight on
seeing in the anti-white culture of the pro-black
news media and the leftist-made anti-racism laws
under New Labour that has criminalized white
people in the UK. It's time to repeal such laws
which were politically-instigated by Blair and his
communistic henchmen to create havoc against whites
who didn't agree with their racial agenda to destroy
all things good and English before our very eyes.
We're all now branded racists for speaking our
white minds! But, speak it nevertheless!!
Savage Criminal Breast Tyree Lincoln Smith, 35.