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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Current events in schools

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    A good current events program is relevant for all pupils in the school setting, and is equally important for adults to keep up with news happenings on the international scene. The startup of negotiations over the land of Palestine between the Palestinian Arabs versus Israel will be observed by many. The writer was a teacher and relief worker in Jordan for two years in the early 1950s and made five return trips to this region. The nation of Jordan in the 1950s possessed the West Bank up until 1967 when it was captured by Israel in the Six Day War.
    The West Bank makes up approximately 20% of what was formerly called Palestine and has many salient Holy sites, poignant to both Arabs and Jews. The walled city of Jerusalem, also called East Jerusalem, has three sites which attract a plethora of tourists. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher was built on the site identified as the place of crucifixion and entombment of Christ. The Dome of the Rock, built in 691 AD, toward the eastern side of the inner wall around Jerusalem, is a beautiful octagonal Mosque, and houses Mount Moriah, the Biblical site where the Patriarch Abraham was tempted to offer up his son Isaac. From this general area, devout Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed ascended into heaven and came back to earth again. Adjacent and at a lower level is the Western Wall, also called the Wailing Wall, the only remnant of the ancient Jewish Temple built in the days of Herod the Great.
    The walled city of Jerusalem is filled with items of great interest and is truly significant to tourists.
    — Marlow Ediger, North Newton
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