04.06.2012 - 04.06.2012
Today (Monday) was a heavy day. After our walk on the Via Dolorosa, we continued the theme of suffering by visiting the Yad Vashem Museum (Holocaust Museum) (outside photo; no photos were allowed inside). We were on our own for 90 minutes there, and that barely scratched the surface of all that was there. Such stories of torture and death - it's hard to believe that human beings could act the way they do. Then we visited a Jewish Efrata Settlement (very modern, clean and pleasant) and visited with a gentleman in a synagogue who explained the Israeli side of the story, which was a bit hard to accept in such pleasant surroundings. Finally, we visited a Palestinian Refugee Camp (one of many in the West Bank, Jordan, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt). The conditions under which the displaced Palestines have to live there are almost unimagineable. A few pictures can't begin to describe the suffering and hardship of life for these people. On a day when we rehearsed in our minds the suffering of our Lord, it was equally disturbing to see the suffering in Hitler's time and the suffering today. It's hard to fathom what human beings can do to one another.