Sharon meets with pop singer Whitney
Houston in Jerusalem
By Michal Palti, Haaretz Correspondent and Haaretz Service
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met Tuesday with American pop singer Whitney
Houston and her husband Bobby Brown at his Jerusalem residence.
Sharon welcomed Houston and Brown to
Jerusalem, which he called "the capital of the
Jewish people for 3,000 years."
Noting that this was their first trip to Israel, Sharon hoped it would be
the first of many, to which Houston replied, "Yes."
When Sharon asked her how she felt in Israel, Houston said, "It's home, it's
Houston arrived Sunday for her stay with the Black Hebrews, a group of
nearly 2,000 black Americans who followed a Chicago bus driver to Israel
decades ago and believe they are descendants of one of the lost tribes of
Their religious customs include a vegan diet and polygamy. Houston spent her
first day at their compound in the desert town of Dimona receiving massages,
relaxing, and meeting with the Black Hebrews, who call each other saints.
"She is loving it," said Patricia Houston, the singer's spokeswoman and
sister-in-law. "She is a spiritual woman and wanted to come here and touch
the land and be around the saints of Dimona." Whitney Houston is accompanied
by a group of relatives, including her husband, singer Bobby Brown, and
Patricia Houston said the singer had planned to come earlier, but her trip
had been postponed a number of times because of security concerns.
27 MAY 2003