Is Jerusalem recovering from the ‘stabbing intifada’?

The promenade on the Mount of Olives, which boasts a famous panoramic view and is often frequented by visitors, was empty at midday on October 10 – so much so that even a camel driver who has been offering tourists rides for decades allowed himself to take a break a few meters away, sipping coffee with a friend. Asked how his business was going, the man only nodded his head, obviously not particularly happy about the situation.

In the middle of the holiday season, a period where tourists should be flooding the city, the number of international visitors to the capital is low, painfully low. A series of stabbings that took the lives of dozens of Israelis, beginning about a year ago, has convinced tourists to avoid the city.


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