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Israeli police stop far right Jewish protesters from marching in Jerusalem

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Israeli police on Wednesday blocked hundreds of far-right Jewish protesters from marching toward Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, the main entrance to the Old City’s Muslim quarter, amid rising tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. The organizers said the march was an attempt to “bring back the feeling of safety to the streets of Jerusalem”. Israeli leaders called the march a “provocation”.

Confrontations in Jerusalem’s Old City pose the risk of a relapse into a broader conflict like last year’s 11-day Israel-Gaza war, which killed more than 250 Palestinians in Gaza and 13 people in Israel.

The Old City lies in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as the capital of a future state. Israel, which annexed East Jerusalem in a move that has not won international recognition after capturing the area in a 1967 war, regards all of Jerusalem as its eternal capital.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, known to Jews at the Temple Mount, has been at the center of much of the violence in recent days. The hilltop shrine is the third holiest site in Islam. For Jews, it is their holiest site, where two temples stood in antiquity.

THREE RELIGIONS. ONE HOLY SITE. AND A LOT OF PROBLEMS.

IN MY LAST VIDEO, I TALKED ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE STREETS OF OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM

HUNDREDS OF PALESTINIANS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED – THE FIGHTING, AND IMAGES OF POLICE STRIKING CIVILIANS WITH BATONS, DREW INTERNATIONAL OUTCRY

IT’S ALL HAPPENING IN A CITY THAT’S BEEN SACRED TO JEWS, CHRISTIANS, AND MUSLIMS FOR CENTURIES

*JERUSALEM*

FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE, TEMPLE MOUNT IS WHERE BIBLICAL JEWISH TEMPLES STOOD THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO. TODAY ONE OF THE OLD RETAINING WALLS OF THE TEMPLE – KNOWN AS THE WESTERN WALL STILL STANDS. IT’S THE HOLIEST SITE IN JUDAISM

IT’S ALSO THE FOUNDATION LYING UNDER THE THIRD HOLIEST SITE IN ISLAM – THE MASJID AL-AQSA.THIS IS WHERE MUSLIMS BELIEVE THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN BEFORE RETURNING TO EARTH. MUSLIMS ORIGINALLY PRAYED IN THIS DIRECTION BEFORE SHIFTING TOWARD MECCA FOLLOWING A REVELATION


AND FOR CHRISTIANS – JERUSALEM IS HOME TO THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEP-PUL-KUR – WHERE CHRISTIANS BELIEVE JESUS PREACHED, DIED, AND WAS RESURRECTED. IT’S WHERE THE FAITH DEVELOPED AND EVERY YEAR CHRISTIANS PILGRIMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD VISIT THE SITE.

Israeli police on Wednesday blocked hundreds of far-right Jewish protesters from marching toward Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, the main entrance to the Old City’s Muslim quarter, amid rising tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. The organizers said the march was an attempt to “bring back the feeling of safety to the streets of Jerusalem”. Israeli leaders called the march a “provocation”.

Confrontations in Jerusalem’s Old City pose the risk of a relapse into a broader conflict like last year’s 11-day Israel-Gaza war, which killed more than 250 Palestinians in Gaza and 13 people in Israel.

The Old City lies in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as the capital of a future state. Israel, which annexed East Jerusalem in a move that has not won international recognition after capturing the area in a 1967 war, regards all of Jerusalem as its eternal capital.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, known to Jews at the Temple Mount, has been at the center of much of the violence in recent days. The hilltop shrine is the third holiest site in Islam. For Jews, it is their holiest site, where two temples stood in antiquity.

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