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Tourists, not terrorists, in Jerusalem

The tourism boom in the City of David is unexpected as experts had feared the opposite when US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocated the US Embassy from Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM • A group of tourists from South Korea warmed themselves in the mild winter sun - they were about to enter the City of David abutting the Temple Mount and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site of Islam.

It is one of the most important archaeological sites in Jerusalem and the excavations here, in the mostly Palestinian quarter of Silwan in Jerusalem, go back to the times of the legendary biblical king, some claim. The dig is attracting huge crowds these days.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 26, 2019, with the headline 'Tourists, not terrorists, in Jerusalem'. Print Edition | Subscribe