Capital gears up for a solid week of Jerusalem Day festivities
As Israel slowly resumes its usual activities, the city of Jerusalem is planning celebrations for Jerusalem Day on Monday, May 10, with a week of activities and events from May 6 to 13.
Jerusalem Day marks the anniversary of Israel’s takeover of the Temple Mount compound and eastern parts of the city during the Six Day War of 1967.
The day typically sees a right-wing march through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City ending at the Western Wall, which has in the past been blamed for rising tensions between Jews and Arabs.
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This year, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Ministry of Affairs and Heritage are aiming for a more inclusive week of activities, with events likely to appeal to all Israelis, not just the national religious camp, said the director general of the Avi Cohen ministry.
Museums and historical and cultural sites such as Israel Museum, Tower of David Museum, City of David, Western Wall Tunnels, Ammunition Hill, Herzl Museum, Museum of Islamic Art, Bloomfield Science Museum will be open until 11 p.m.
More than a dozen hotels offer special prices, including luxury hotels Waldorf Astoria, Mamilla, Inbal and Orient, boutique accommodations such as Villa Brown and Harmony, budget hotel Ibis, and The Post and Abraham Hostel.
Some of the hotel’s offers include free tickets to sites and museums and upgraded rooms.
Yad Ben Tzvi will organize tours throughout the city during the week of May 6 to 13, a 23-year tradition of the Jerusalem-based research institute.
The 1.5-hour tours will take place in locations and neighborhoods across the city every two hours, with a nominal fee of NIS 10 for each participant. There are tours for individuals, adults and families with young children.