Normal chaos was resumed

Teddy was leading a group of us Jerusalem Committee members through the shuk of the Old City in about 1968 to inspect the newly installed sewage system, when noise erupted.

By PETER MATHIAS
February 4, 2007 10:10

Teddy was leading a group of us Jerusalem Committee members through the shuk of the Old City in about 1968 to inspect the newly installed sewage system, when noise erupted. It quickly became a raucous scene with a touch of menace as a crowd gathered round a shop. Teddy was recognized. The shopkeeper and his assistants poured out their grievances. A ring formed round Teddy, the shopkeeper and a sobbing Australian girl who had been held by one of the assistants when trying to run away and whose screams had produced the crowd. The shopkeeper claimed that he had caught the girl stealing fruit; she protested her innocence. Teddy asked the shopkeeper how much he thought had been stolen. He pulled coins out of his pocket and paid. The crowd evaporated and the girl fled. Normal chaos resumed. Teddy continued his walk as though nothing untoward had happened. I thought I had witnessed a microcosm of how the mayor had gained the confidence of his citizens, Jews and Arabs alike.


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