How a Hotel in the Epicenter of Jerusalem Violence Became Israeli Tourists' Favorite Spot

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A waiter serves drinks to guests at the American Colony Hotel in East Jerusalem.
A waiter serves drinks to guests at the American Colony Hotel in East Jerusalem.Credit: Daniel Tchetchik
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz

If location is everything, there could hardly be a less probable destination for Israeli summer vacationers.

Just a few months ago, this was the epicenter of the violence that threatened to escalate to full-blown war in the Middle East. Clashes that began in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah – triggered by the threatened eviction of a group of Palestinian families from their homes – had sparked a wave of rioting that ripped through Israel’s mixed Jewish-Arab cities and set off the latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas before a cease-fire was declared 11 days later. Sheikh Jarrah has since emerged as an international symbol of the Palestinian solidarity movement.

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