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Friday, April 17, 2015



Finally some GOOD NEWS from the Holy Land! Last Saturday, three very fabled people descended upon Jerusalem. Known the round the world, the family's pilgrimage ended in the Armenian Quarter old the Old City. It was here that the blessed Mother Kim Kardashian, her husband Kanye (Jeezus) West brought their sacred daughter to receive her baptismal rights. Finally, a shooting star flashed across the night sky. The star would forever be called the NORTH STAR after the blessed child.

Oops! We got a bit carried away. To re-cap: Why are Kimye in the Middle East? Well, as everyone knows, the world's most famous family has direct Armenian roots. Specifically, Kim' Kardashian's great-grandparents fled to the USA just months before the horrific Turkish genocide in 1915. In true rags-to-riches fashion, they have never stopped climbing the American social ladder. These days, the family is so wealthy, they decided to have their youngest member baptized in the holiest of Armenian churches as a spiritual pledge to their heritage.

We here at the DUNER BLOG also applaud Kim & Kanye for their choice to visit the Holy Land. It showed courage! See, 2015 is a bad year for tourism in Israel. The number of visitors to Jerusalem dipped 48% from last year, which is already at a 30-year low. Yet despite the conflict elsewhere in the Middle East, the Israeli capital is one of the few places on earth where Jews, Christians and Muslims all get along.

See, Jerusalem's Old Town is divided into four sects. The Jewish Quarter houses the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. The Christan Quarter is home to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus was crucified. The largest Quarter is the Muslim. Finally, there is the Armenian Quarter. The smallest and youngest. It dates from 400AD, when the mountainous Kingdom officially adopted Christianity. The four distinct groups all co-habituate the Old City together.

Back to the Armenian Quarter. At it's heart is the famed Cathedral St. James. This venerable building has survived over a thousand years of turbulent times. Violent crusades, voracious jihads, vicious aerial and suicide bombings have all come and gone. All the while, the cathedral has served as a vital link between Jerusalem and Armenia, 500 miles to the North.

We're not sure if Kim and Kanye know all this history, but we here at the DUNER BLOG wanted to point it out! We also encourage everyone to try to see the Middle East for its treasures. They are worth fighting for!

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