The fight for 1,550,003 square feet


           Known as Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the rock to the Muslims, and the Temple Mount for the Jewish people. Both claim this part of the Old City to be the holiest to them.  Right now, the Muslims have that piece of land for the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa. In recent weeks, the Israeli government have been going in to the mosques and starting havoc. In westernized media, it’s been said that the Palestinians are the cause of all of this havoc. On October 25th, 2009 the Israeli government responded to two Palestinian boys throwing stones at them on the other side of the city, by raiding Al-Aqsa and shooting rubber bullets at people who were praying inside the Mosque. My conclusion for all that is going on: It’s planned.

          The Jewish people believe that the “Temple Mount” is the holiest site in their religion. They believe that temples were built there, and it was the place where the first synagouge was built. They started excavating that area, and are digging beneath the Dome of the rock because they believe their is a wall where David prayed.

         The Muslims believe “The Dome of the Rock” is where Mohammed prayed and the angel Gabriel came down and talked to him. They also believe that “Al-Aqsa” is the mosque where all of the prophets came and prayed together.

         So you can see the significance of both religious ideas and why they are fighting for that piece of land. That’s not all that who is fighting for it though. It becomes complicated, because it’s not just religion, it becomes politics. The Israeli government clearly isn’t respecting the Muslims right to pray in their mosque. A few weeks back, the Israeli government even barred all Muslims to even go inside Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the rock.

          Ever since Israel has been created, America and other Christian countries have been giving support to Israel because of what it says in the Bible. In the Bible it says that once all of the Jews return to their homeland, and the third temple is built, that Jesus will come down from the Heavens and the rapture will begin. That is why America and a lot of countries give aide to Israel and support them in killing innocent people.

          I have a feeling that, soon everything will turn into complete chaos and that area will be destroyed by the Israelis and many questions will be answered. The Israelis live in the moment and don’t look into the future and into their consequences, so if and when they do destroy Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the rock, people will see that the “chosen ones” have abused their “powers” and it will lead to major consequences. What might be those consequences? We will never know until that day comes. That 1,550,003 square feet of land brings hope to so many people, beliefs are revolved around that land.

         My question is… What will happen if they did destroy it, and they find nothing? What if they do build that Temple and Jesus doesn’t come down? What if everything is just in rubbles, and everything they were fighting for turns out to be nothing? What would humanity do? I think it will change the world. With no faith, there will be no hope, and with no hope, there will be no determination. All answers will be questioned, and faith will be destroyed for many. Maybe sometimes it’s better to have unanswered questions so that faith can still thrive.


~ by behebekfalasteen on October 26, 2009.

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