Full Frame Jerusalem's markets: the diplomacy of food

From the Monitor's weekly InPictures section, a look at Jerusalem's divisions and diversity through its markets.

Ann Hermes/Staff

Rarely have I seen such a lively, such a broad spectrum of races and socioeconomic classes as I did in the food markets of Jerusalem. The city is divided into a predominantly Jewish western side and a largely Palestinian eastern half. Most shop owners cater to customers who look like themselves and their neighbors. But there are some striking exceptions to this. While photographing and interviewing for this story, I came across many shop owners who consciously work to attract a diverse clientele, from the goods they stock to the prices they charge. While many of Jerusalem’s markets reflect deep divides, some harbor unexpected pockets of peace and coexistence. - Ann Hermes