On the evening of September 11th, 2001, I visited Jerusalem’s Old City to gather reactions in the wake of the attacks, as a reporter for The Jerusalem Post newspaper. While some Palestinians celebrated, calling it a fitting response to US support for Israel, other Christian and Muslim Arabs were dismayed by the scope of the horror.
Frightened American tourists from Arkansas and Oklahoma scurried through dark alleys of the Muslim Quarter's Via Dolorosa seeking refuge. In the Jewish Quarter, Jewish seminary students from New York watched the fall of the World Trade Center towers in stunned disbelief on a television at a local pizza parlor. Some managed to contact loved ones, but others called in vain, trying to reach family members thought to have been in Manhattan that morning.
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