Sunday, June 12, 2005

Symbol of Religious Strife


Blogger The "B" Team said...

The Western Wall in the midst of the Old City in Jerusalem is the section of the Western supporting wall of the Temple Mount which has remained intact since the destruction of the Second Jerusalem Temple (70 C.E.). It became the most sacred spot in Jewish religious and national consciousness and tradition by virtue of its proximity to the Western Wall of the Holy of Holies in the Temple, from which, according to numerous sources, the Divine Presence never departed. It became a center of mourning over the destruction of the Temple and Israel's exile, on the one hand, and of religious - in 20th century also national - communion with the memory of Israel's former glory and the hope for its restoration, on the other. Because of the former association, it became known in European languages as the "Wailing Wall". IT is part of the "Temple Mount" upon which are erected the Al Aksa Mosque (Third holiest site of Islam after Mecca and Medina), and the Dome of the Rock mosque(from which Mohammad the Prophet is rumoured to have ascended to Heaven, aboard his white steed "Bourak"). The area has seen a three thousand years of conflict, between Jews, Romans, Christians, Arabs and Muslims. No wonder the name "City of Peace" is a neverending mirage.

June 13, 2005 at 9:07 PM  

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