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Jerusalem, a sanctuary for all

The conflict over the Temple Mount, or Noble Sanctuary, is over walls both literal and figurative — and until these separating walls come down, peace in the Middle East will remain just a dream.
The golden Dome of the Rock (C) in Jerusalem's old city is seen in the distance beyond a section of the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank city of Abu Dis, October 29 , 2014. The Dome of the Rock is situated within the Al-Aqsa compound, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount. On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, there are still barriers separating communities around the world, from the barbed wire fence dividing the two Koreas, the fence around the Spa

What is to be done about Jerusalem? Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this region is witnessing new walls being built in vain attempts to contain problems between people. When will we realize that walls for separating cultures and people only exacerbate sectarianism and accelerate fragmentation? How long will walls, figurative and physical, continue to poison our humanity?

Rising tensions in the Old City of Jerusalem, which ostensibly is unified but actually never more divided, compound the debris left by military campaigns of past decades. These events typify this conflict as one not being played out in the courtrooms of a state or the international community, or even the ethical courtrooms in our minds. This is a conflict that uses instruments of aggression aimed at polarizing an already fragmented population. It causes us to wonder how long we will allow holy spaces to be used as tools of war.

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