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Palestine: Israel keeping iconic Jerusalem mosque in darkness

16th Jan 2018
Palestine: Israel keeping iconic Jerusalem mosque in darkness

By Eshat Firat

 

JERUSALEM (AA): The Israeli authorities are deliberately keeping Jerusalem’s iconic Dome of the Rock Mosque in darkness, the Jordan-run Authority for Islamic Endowments (Awqaf) said in a Monday statement.

“The Israeli occupation authorities aren’t allowing the necessary equipment into the mosque compound, so we can’t fix the power outage,” the statement read.

The Israeli police, it added, were actively hindering Jordanian initiatives aimed at preserving the Islamic identity of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in which the Dome of the Rock (Qubbat al-Sakhrah in Arabic) is located.

For Muslims, the Al-Aqsa compound is considered the world’s third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the “Temple Mount”, claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem — currently occupied by Israel — might one day serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state

[Photo showing Masjid al Aqsa in Al Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem.  Photographer: Andrew Shiva/Creative Commons]

One Response to “Palestine: Israel keeping iconic Jerusalem mosque in darkness”

Hugh MannMarch 9, 2018

PEACE POETRY

Religions are based on scripture, which is mostly poetry. So it only makes sense that religious conflict must be resolved through poetry, and not through politics, negotiation, or war. I propose that all religious conflicts be redefined poetically, so that they can be resolved without bloodshed, winners, or losers. So let’s sharpen our words, not our swords; send missives, not missiles; and apply our minds to metaphor, simile, rhyme, meter, and prosody, but not pomposity, animosity, ferocity, atrocity, or monstrosity.

Best regards,
Hugh Mann

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