by Onan Coca
Jerusalem is holy to the world’s three major monotheistic religions. For Islam and Judaism the city is particularly special, in that the city holds powerful daily religious significance. The holiest place in the city for both faiths is known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Al Aqsa Mosque (which sits near the Dome of the Rock) to Muslims. Neither group likes that the other wants access to the special hill.
For Jews, the Temple Mount is where the Temple of Solomon used to sit (and some of the walls still stand). For the Jewish person, the Temple is central to their faith and not being able to use it has long been a painful reminder of their scattering.
For the Muslim, Islamic tradition teaches that Mohammed was called to Heaven on the site of the Temple Mount which is why they then built their mosques there.
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