Posted by Marijn de Klerk on October 17, 2003
In the old times Jeruzalem used to have a very small port next to the main entry into the city through which
late travellers could enter the city. (as the main entry was closed upon nightfall). This particular port
was so small that only one man at the time could crouch through it, hence it was easy defended by just one guard. There from also comes it's name "eye of a needle". Due to the size of this port people we wanted to enter Jeruzalem after nightfall would have to leave
most of their possesions behind, e.g. their camels and
merchandise. So one had to make a choice between staying outside and trying to defend ones possesions from being stolen or enter the city to secure their own life.