ISRAEL: News from Nazareth

When Jesus Christ learned recently that another Nazarene had died, he went and asked the newcomer to Heaven: "How are things in Nazareth?" "They are changing," replied the Nazarene. "There are new political leaders and new civic programs, and the citizens are full of hope." "I can see that nothing has changed," sighed Jesus. "And besides, " continued the Nazarene, "they are cleaning up the Cactus Quarter." "So Nazareth really is changing!"said Jesus.

That joke was told in Nazareth last week as bands of volunteers scrubbed down the city's scabrous Cactus Quarter for what may have been the first time...

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