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The 'Battle for Jerusalem': It Is Personal

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

More than 2,000 Palestinians were killed in the Israeli war on Gaza, but we know very little about them. In Jerusalem, however, the names of both Palestinians and Israelis who are killed are given much more prominence in media coverage and public discussions.

The Battle for Jerusalem

David Hearst | Posted 01.19.2015 | World
David Hearst

It will either be the last battle Palestinians will fight before Israeli Jews take East Jerusalem over. Or it is the first battle of a larger struggle -- in which Jerusalem serves as a magnet for militants from wherever they hail -- Sunni or Shia, secular and Islamist, takfiris, jihadis, or nationalists.

This Is How The Unrest In Jerusalem Has Unfolded In Recent Weeks

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.20.2014 | World

On the night of October 29, a 32-year-old Palestinian opened fire at a meeting of right-wing Israeli activists in Jerusalem. Moataz Hejaz fled the sce...

Why The Holy Site At The Heart Of Jerusalem Clashes Is So Contentious

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 11.20.2014 | World

The Jerusalem site known to Jews as Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, is not large -- less than three times ...

Abbas Accuses Israel Of Religious War

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Tuesday of leading the region toward a "religious war," saying freq...

Israel Reopens Al Aqsa Mosque For Muslim Prayer

Reuters | Luke Baker | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion

* Jordanian officials say the king intervened on the issue * Security tight with more police on streets, ID checks * Pra...

One Photo Shows The Power Of Prayer

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion

Israeli police forces restricted access to Al-Aqsa mosque on Friday, March 21, due to the annual Jerusalem marathon. But that didn't stop this litt...

LOOK: Hardships Faced By Palestinian Muslims To Pray At Jerusalem Mosque

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion

On the last Friday prayer of this year's Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, Palestinians struggled to reach Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The w...

Will the Jordanian Parliament Expel the Israeli Ambassador From Amman?

Ali Younes | Posted 07.23.2013 | World
Ali Younes

A large majority of Jordanian Members of Parliament (MPs) voted last week to pass a resolution to force the government to expel the Israeli ambassador from Amman over Israeli settlers attacks and attempts to occupy the Islamic holy site Al Aqasa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Top Muslim Cleric In Holy Land Detained by Israel After Unrest

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion

JERUSALEM — Israeli police detained the top Muslim cleric in the Holy Land Wednesday in a rare crackdown on a leading religious figure, question...

Leaders-less Jerusalemites looking to Fayyad

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.01.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinian residents of Jerusalem have been frustrated for years as they are caught between Israel's unilateral decision to annex East Jerusalem and ...

'You Must Visit Jerusalem'

Wardah Khalid | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Wardah Khalid

Funny how in life we are united with individuals who touch our hearts in unimaginable and meaningful ways. Our meeting was especially timely for me, since just earlier that day I was debating whether or not to venture to the Holy Land.

Amid Controversy, Muslims Revive Old Jerusalem Pilgrimage Route

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- After decades of shying away from an ancient pilgrimage route, Muslims are visiting Jerusalem to pray at Islam's third-holiest site, the ...

Clashes At Holy Site

AP | IAN DEITCH | Posted 04.25.2012 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli police clashed with hundreds of Palestinians throwing rocks after Muslim prayers at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site on ...

Israel Reopens Contested Ramp

AP | MATTI FRIEDMAN | Posted 02.13.2012 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel on Wednesday reopened a temporary walkway leading to Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, just two days after closing it, de...

Disputed Ramp In Jerusalem Ordered Closed

AP | MATTI FRIEDMAN | Posted 02.11.2012 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel closed a pedestrian walkway next to Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site on Monday before work to replace it, despite vehemen...

Massacre At Jerusalem -- Do The Crusades Still Matter?

Jay Rubenstein | Posted 02.01.2012 | Religion
Jay Rubenstein

For better or worse, we remember the First Crusade now. But how should we do so? What did the battle of Jerusalem mean in 1099, and why should we care today?

Navigating the Sacred and the Dangerous in the Holy Land

Kazim Ali | Posted 09.22.2011 | Religion
Kazim Ali

Nothing is simple in this place and the more you find out about what is actually happening here -- not in history or in legend but in the immediate daily lives of people living in the place -- the more complicated things become.

Palestinians Remove Claim To Western Wall After U.S. Objects

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Michele Chabin Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) The Palestinian government has pulled a report stating that Jews have no historic connection ...

Muslims, Jews Clash In Jerusalem

AP | MATTI FRIEDMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

JERUSALEM — Israeli troops clashed with Palestinian stone-throwers at two contested holy sites and in a West Bank village Friday, seriously inju...

ReThink Review: Waiting for Armageddon -- the End of the World As They Want It

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

As a person who is not religious, it seems to me that the major difference between a cult and a religion is popularity. And as the documentary Waiting...

Israel Deploys Thousands Of Police To Secure Jerusalem After Days Of Clashes With Palestinians

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli police mobilized reinforcements from across the country to secure volatile Jerusalem on Tuesday, deploying thousands of offi...