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Monday, July 25, 2011

Holy of Holies

The Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock (and Mosque of Omar) and the Al-Aqsa Mosque

These are some of the holiest places on earth. They are also some of the most hotly contested. It was a real privilege to be admitted to the mosques. Tourists are no longer permitted. We were admitted because we are part of an educational institution.

Inside Al-Aqsa is a case displaying the material violence that plagues these holy places, tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and other projectiles fired into the sanctuary. (All those on the top shelf were made in the USA - in PA.)

An unimaginable contrast with the beauty of the mosque:

Here are (more) images from the Al-Aqsa Mosque:

Here are images from the Dome of the Rock which is undergoing renovation for the next 18 months or so. There is also an image of the cave under the Rock:

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