29DEC13. Haifa & Acre, Israel.
Akko is one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the world. Its first settlement was believed to have been established around 3000 BCE. The city has history with Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Saludin, Richard the Lionheart…there was a constant battle for this place because of its port and religious implications – it fell under the Kingdom of Jerusalem and everyone wanted it outright – Muslims, Christians, Jews, so it was back and forth back and forth for centuries. The dilemma was much like what Israel/Palestine go through to this day. Acre was captured by Israel on May 17, 1948. At this point, it is a mixed population of Arabs and Jews, with Jews in the majority. Lots of Arabs were displaced once Israel captured it.
It was a dark afternoon filled with lightning, thunder, and heavy rain. It set the mood perfectly. You’ll see the sea wall, the market, artisans at work, mosques, churches, and beautiful architecture:
29DEC13. OLD AKKO, ISRAEL.