Jerusalem According to Cats
An Essayby Josip Novakovich
In Jerusalem I expected to see many dogs and only a few cats. The domestic cat is not mentioned in the Bible. Apparently it was considered a pagan animal, an Egyptian deity, and to discourage potential idolatry (and yes, it’s easy to indulge in feline idolatry), the cat was omitted from the holy scripture. On the other hand, Prophet Muhammad loved cats, and once, in order not to wake up his cat Meuzza, who slept on his sleeve, he cut the sleeve off and walked away quietly. And Arab mistrust of dogs is legendary. So I assumed Israel would be divided along yet another line: dogs in Jerusalem, cats in Ramallah.