President Rivlin tours Jerusalem Mahane Yehuda Market with President of Germany Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier
(Communicated by the President’s Spokesperson)
President Reuven Rivlin last night (Saturday) joined President of Germany Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Budenbende on their arrival to Israel, for a tour of Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market, which had in recent years become a nightlife hub of entertainment, cafes, restaurants and bars; transforming each evening from the traditional market stalls and shops.
President Steinmeier requested that on his arrival to Israel this evening he would begin his visit with a tour of Jerusalem at night, during which he visited Mahane Yehuda Market where President Rivlin met and escorted him. The two met with leading figures and entrepreneurs from the market, and heard about the transformation the city, and the market had undergone in recent years.
During the tour, the two Presidents tasted some Israeli craft beers, and toured the “Shuk [market] Gallery” created by graffiti artist Solomon Souza. Souza who painted works in graffiti throughout the market on the store shutters, depicting famous Israeli and world figures.
Solomon Souza further surprised President Rivlin by showing him a new piece of work of graffiti, of the President’s late great-grandfather, Yosef Rivlin, who was among the founders of the initial construction of neighborhoods outside of Jerusalem’s Old City.