Just as a flower maintains its beauty even amongst the thorns, the State of Israel remains a beacon of light, freedom and democracy though surrounded by enemies. The Rose of Bethlehem is a flower emblematic of the nation’s spirit. It grows in the Judean desert and just when the flower seems to wither and die, it blossoms again and again with only a few drops of water. Now that’s re-JEW-venation!
The annual Jerusalem Film Festival has commenced at the Jerusalem Cinematheque at the foot of the Old City walls. Award winning film director Quentin Tarantino surprised audiences by opening the festival.