Middle East

Story symbolizes divided Jerusalem

I paid a visit to Jerusalem in the 1950s. It was a city divided between Israel and Jordan.

A report in The Jerusalem Post caught my eye; it was about an episode that had taken place in a nursing home.

The Jewish nursing home was located at the edge of the no-man’s-land separating the Israeli and Jordanian sectors of the city.

An elderly Jewish resident was leaning out the window. Her dentures fell out of her mouth and landed on the ground. No nursing home employee dared retrieve it, fearing being shot from the Jordanian side.

A military unit from the U.N Observation Mission retrieved the dentures. To many in Israel, this episode became the symbol of divided...