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June 21, 2014

Jerusalem Ramparts Walk, and Flora/Fauna Count (Day 6/6)

13 June, Friday: Jerusalem Ramparts and flew home midday

Israel 20140613-504 Israel 20140613-511 Israel 20140613-477 Israel 20140613-514Walked on walls/ramparts of Jerusalem, from Jaffa Gate to past Zion Gate and back again.

Had a 2nd Jerusalem Bagel with Hyssop.

Drove in taxi down, down, down from Jerusalem high country towards sea level at Tel Aviv.

Plants seen during our whole trip:

- mango, banana, avocado, fig, olive, papaya, carob, pomegranate, date palm trees (50% of Medjool dates in world from Israel).

- bougainvillea

- oleander

- jacaranda

- eucalyptus

- tamarisk

- Ceylon trees (red flower)

- amaryllis farm

- "salt plant" - can lick leaves to get salt

- caper plant, purple flower

- Christ-thorn tree

- Sodom apple plant - poisonous

- Acacia tree

 

Animals seen:

- mongoose scurrying across the road

- Bedouin sheep and goat herds

- ibex (male and female)

- desert gazelle

 

Birds seen:

- Desert Bee-eater on a palm tree

- White-breasted Kingfisher

- Myna bird

- Tristam's Starling "a species of starling native to Israel, Jordan, northeastern Egypt, western Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Oman, nesting mainly on rocky cliff faces." (e.g. Masada!)

- Desert partridges

- Nun flycatcher

 

Some Things I didn't know before my visit to Israel:

- Arabic is an official language of Israel, along with Hebrew. School children are additionally required to learn English.

- Israel is 21% Muslim. Or it may actually just be 21% Arab, most of which are Muslim, but some of which are Christians, and some of which are Druze. (Israel is the only country in the world where a majority of citizens are Jewish.)

- There are about 20,000 Messianic Jews in Israel, and about 300,000 around the world.

- The center of the Bahai religion is also in Israel (Haifa).

-  Israel is one of the world's major exporters of military equipment, accounting for 10% of the world total in 2007.


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