Reservations about safety
Hotels, restaurants and the taxi industry are feeling the pinch as the conflict scares away tourists.
By SARAH GRUEN, JACOB GOLDSTEIN
July 26, 2014 09:15
Mamilla Mall has not been affected by events, though tourists are stressed..
(photo credit: SARAH GRUEN)
For the longtime Jerusalem resident, nothing appears to have become particularly out of the ordinary since rockets began falling two weeks ago. The shuk is still crowded on Friday afternoons, packed tight with all types of vendors and buyers; Ben-Yehuda Street still enjoys a gentle buzz of people during the day; and the Mamilla Mall still hosts a steady stream of chic shoppers.It is as if there were two Iron Domes protecting the routine of Jerusalemites – the rocket-stopping one deployed by the IDF and the ideological one in the minds of Israelis that prevents the war from impeding their everyday life.