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Stage set for battle for Jerusalem

By Ameen Izzadeen
The Palestinian-Israeli crisis is taking a dangerous turn towards a religious war with the holy city of Jerusalem being in the centre of the dispute. 1,182 more words

Political Analysis

Why the argument over prayer on the Temple Mount IS NOT about "religious liberty"


I keep seeing this theory: “ pressures another democracy to continue to curtail religious freedom for one group, goes beyond hypocrisy. 1,577 more words

Fearing Backlash, Jordan Asserts Al Aqsa Custodianship

AMMAN (AFP) — Jordan’s tough stance towards Israel over Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque reflects a determination to preserve its custodianship of the flashpoint site as well as its own stability, analysts say.By recalling its ambassador to Israel, the Hashemite kingdom sent a message that deploying police inside the mosque compound had crossed a red line and put their diplomatic ties in jeopardy.In parallel, Jordan’s King Abdullah II hosted a diplomatic push which brought together US Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks in Amman on Thursday. 703 more words


One Friday in Jerusalem

Friday prayers were about to begin; our taxi driver sped through the ancient streets of Jerusalem, towards the Sacred Sanctuary of al-Aqsa. The road ahead was closed.  1,419 more words


Thousands of Palestinians Pray In Aqsa For 1st Time In Months

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Thousands of Palestinians were able to conduct Friday prayers for the first time in months in the al-Aqsa mosque after Israel lifted age restrictions that have kept most worshipers out for months and aggravated tensions across Jerusalem.The courtyards of the Al-Aqsa mosque were filled with men, women, teenagers, and children as hundreds of families arrived at the mosque for prayer, celebrating their right to worship at the compound after months of frequent restrictions against all but the elderly.The general director of the Jerusalem endowment, Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, said that the number of worshipers reached between 35-40,000, despite the fact that Israeli security guards staffing the entrances still held the ID cards of hundreds who entered. 819 more words


A Response to Katie Hopkin’s recent outburst

Crosspost by Rabah Jtl

Yesterday Katie Hopkins let loose a barrage of Tweets which disseminated some of the most vulgar, ill-founded, openly abusive, and unprovoked commentary a public personality ever has. 1,341 more words

Current Affairs

Bibi Threatens Transfer of 'Israeli Arabs' to "the Palestinian State", but Where is that?

This week in Palestine

Since the attempted assassination of the American-born Israeli rabbi and far-right member of the ruling Likud party Yehuda Glick on Wednesday 29 October as he was leaving a conference titled “The Jewish people return to the Temple Mount”, things have – quite literally – ignited. 984 more words