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Jerusalem has made the grade in TIME Magazine’s “10 Best Cities to Visit Around the World.”

The list, published on July 10, places Kyoto, Japan in the Number 1 spot for a second year.

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Also listed are “Italy’s classic crowd-pleasers,” Florence and Rome, both appearing “for ten consecutive years,” the magazine noted.

Surprisingly, the only U.S. city to make the cut was Charleston, South Carolina, which was said to have “suffered greatly since the polls closed.”

Jerusalem, which squeaked in at Number 10, in the same paragraph, was described as “the controversial capital of Israel” at the “crux of an ancient and ongoing conflict.”

Also in that paragraph was Bangkok, “likely bumped from the list in 2012 due to governmental unrest.”

All three were described as cities that appeared “despite political and social turmoil.” The magazine noted that cities are a ‘great convergence of people and ideas” where sometimes it is inevitable that conflict may arise.

“So we keep these cities, and their people, in our thoughts while we celebrate their resilience and their virtues,” commented TIME.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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