The Holy City, Peace

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The name “Jerusalem” in its original Hebrew translation means “foundation of peace” ("Yerushalaim or Yerushalayim", 2013); however, today in the Holy City, peace is difficult to find. In recent decades, tensions have continued to rise in the city between the Jewish and Muslim populations. These tensions have always been present between the religions of Judaism and Islam virtually since their foundations; especially taking root with the building of the Al Asqa Mosque and other Islamic places of worship on the Holy site of the Temple Mount (“the Noble Sanctuary” to Muslims) in the seventh century ("Sites and Places in Jerusalem: The Temple Mount", 2014). In recent days, more and more clashes have been taking place between the rival…show more content…
Currently, Israel law forbids Jews from praying on top of the Temple Mount; this is to prevent frustrations between them and Muslims. Some Rabbis discourage this as well for fear of Jews stepping into the unknown area of where the “Holy of Holies” was located; which was a room in the first temple that contained God’s presence and the Ark of the Covenant, which held the Ten Commandment’s and Aaron’s staff. Jewish and Christian tradition states that the only people that were allowed to enter the Holy of Holies were priests of the tribe of Levi who were without fault; if fault was found in them as they entered the room, they would die in the presence of God. In result of this, religious tradition discourages Jews from walking on such holy ground. Jews do have access to the Western Wall beneath the Temple Mount, which is where they go to pray and insert their prayer notes into the wall. However, a recent poll was offered to Jewish Israelis to discover their opinions on the policies of the banning of their prayer on the Temple Mount. It was discovered that 56% of Jews favor the policy, but 38.5% think the policy should be abolished even if it led to violence. In addition, 47% of Rabbis believe that prayer on the Temple Mount should be forbidden until the coming of the Messiah and reconstruction of the Temple, and 26% want prayer to be allowed on the Mount (Yaar & Hermann, 2014). By the closing of the Temple Mount on October 30th,
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