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Photos of the month: The holy city nears its boiling point

Just a month ago, Jerusalem’s residents were celebrating Eid al-Adha. Since then tensions have approached a boiling point, Muslims and Jews are adopting dangerous rhetoric about the Temple Mount and blood has been spilled on both sides. A month in photos.

Photos by: Oren Ziv, Yotam Ronen, Ahmad al-Bazz, Fiaz Abu-Rmeleh, Tali Mayer / Activestills.org

Read more on recent events in Jerusalem here.

A view on the Old City of Jerusalem after Israeli authorities temporarily closed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, on October 30, Israel's closure of the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound to all visitors following the shooting of a Jewish hardliner the night before. (Activestills.org)

A view of the Old City of Jerusalem after Israeli authorities temporarily closed the Aqsa Mosque compound, October 30, 2014. The closure took place following the shooting of a Jewish hardliner the night before. (Activestills.org)

Palestinians attend the night funeral of Moataz Hejazi, outside Jerusalem's old city, October 30, 2014. Police limited the access to funeral to 45 family members, but hundreds of Palestinians managed to enter the premises. Moatez was killed in a raid of the Israeli police on his house in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Abu Tor, as he was a suspect in shooting of Israeli right-wing activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick the day before. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Palestinians attend the night-time funeral of Moataz Hejazi, outside Jerusalem’s old city, October 30, 2014. Police limited the access to funeral to 45 family members, but hundreds of Palestinians managed to enter the premises. Moatez was killed in a raid of the Israeli police on his house in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor, as he was a suspect in shooting of Israeli right-wing activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick the day before. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

 

A Palestinian youth throws stones during clashes with Israeli police in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Abu Tor, October 30, 2014 Palestinians staged protests against the Israeli government in East Jerusalem after Israeli Police killed Moatez Higazi (32), who was a suspect in shooting of Israeli right-winger Rabbi Yehuda Glick. (Activestills.org)

A Palestinian youth throws stones during clashes with Israeli police in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tur, October 30 2014. Palestinians staged protests against the Israeli government in East Jerusalem after Israeli police killed Moatez Hegazi (32), who was suspected of shooting of Israeli right-wing activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick. (Activestills.org)

 

Palestinians carry the body of Orwa Hammad, a 14-year old, at his funeral in the West Bank village of Silwad, October 26, 2014. Israeli soldiers shot and killed Hammad, which was an American citizen, during clashes in his village on October 24, 2014. (Activestills.org)

Palestinians carry the body of Orwa Hammad, 14, during his funeral in the West Bank village of Silwad, October 26, 2014. Israeli soldiers shot and killed Hammad, an American citizen, during clashes in his village on October 24, 2014. (Activestills.org)

 

Palestinians carry the body of Orwa Hammad, a 14-year old, at his funeral in the West Bank village of Silwad, October 26, 2014. Israeli soldiers shot and killed Hammad, which was an American citizen, during clashes in his village on October 24, 2014.(Activestills.org)

Palestinians carry the body of Orwa Hammad, 14, at his funeral in the West Bank village of Silwad, October 26, 2014. Israeli soldiers shot and killed Hammad, an American citizen, during clashes in his village on October 24, 2014. (Activestills.org)

 

Palestinians girls cry at the funeral of Orwa Hammad, a 14-year old, in the West Bank village of Silwad, October 26, 2014. Israeli soldiers shot and killed Hammad, which was an American citizen, during clashes in his village on October 24, 2014. (Activestills.org)

Palestinians girls cry at the funeral of Orwa Hammad, 14, in the West Bank village of Silwad, October 26, 2014. (Activestills.org)

 

Police disperse a march of Palestinians carrying an empty coffin, during  a symbolic funeral for Abdelrahman Shaludi, who killed a Jewish baby and injured six others in Jerusalem after he rammed his vehicle into pedestrians at the tram station, in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan, October 26, 2014. Shaludi died of his injuries after he was shot and wounded by police as he tried to flee the scene. Israeli police is still holding his body.

Police disperse a march of Palestinians carrying an empty coffin during a symbolic funeral for Abdelrahman Shaloudi, who killed a Jewish baby and injured six others in Jerusalem after he rammed his vehicle into pedestrians at the Jerusalem light rail station, October 26, 2014. Shaludi died of his injuries after he was shot and wounded by police as he tried to flee the scene. Israeli police were still holding his body at the time. (Activestills.org)

 

Palestinians perform Friday Prayer at the neighbourhood of Ras Al-Amud in East Jerusalem due to Israeli Government's entrance restriction to the al-Aqsa Mosque for the Palestinians under the age of 40, October 24, 2014. (Activestills.org)

Palestinians perform Friday prayers in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras Al-Amud. Israeli authorities restricted entrance to al-Aqsa Mosque to Palestinians under the age of 40, October 24, 2014. (Activestills.org)

 

Israeli policemen push a Palestinian man at the end of Friday Prayer, at the neighbourhood of Ras Al-Amud in East Jerusalem, October 24, 2014. The Israeli Government restricted the entrance to the al-Aqsa Mosque for the Palestinians under the age of 40. (Activestills.org)

Israeli policemen push a Palestinian man at the end of Friday Prayer, in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras Al-Amud, October 24, 2014. (Activestills.org)

 

An Israeli policeman shots tear gas as Palestinian youth throw stones during clashes in the neighbourhood of Issawia, East Jerusalem, October 24, 2014. Clashes have continued two days after a Palestinian man drove a car in to a crowd, killing a baby and injuring seven people in Jerusalem. (Activestills.org)

An Israeli policeman shoots tear gas as Palestinian youth throw stones during clashes in Issawiya, East Jerusalem, October 24, 2014. Clashes continued for two straight days after a Palestinian man drove his car in to a crowd of Israelis, killing a three-month-old baby and wounding seven others. (Activestills.org)

 

Palestinian youth burn tires during clashes in the neighbourhood of Issawia, East Jerusalem, October 24, 2014. Clashes have continued two days after a Palestinian man drove a car in to a crowd, killing a baby and injuring seven people in Jerusalem. (Activestills.org)

Palestinian youths burn tires during clashes in the Issawya neighborhood, East Jerusalem, October 24, 2014. (Activestills.org)

 

Israeli right-wing protesters chant slogans and holding signs calling for revenge, during a protest near the tram station in East Jerusalem, a day after a Palestinian driver ran over the crowded area, East Jerusalem, October 23, 2014. The attack saw a Palestinian ramming his car at high speed, killing a baby and injuring another six people. (Activestills.org)

Israeli right-wing protesters chant slogans and hold signs calling for revenge during a protest near the Jerusalem light rail station in East Jerusalem. The demonstration took place a day after a Palestinian driver rammed his car into a crowd at high speed, killing a baby and wounding seven. (Activestills.org)

 

Israeli right-wing protesters chant slogans and holding signs calling for revenge, during a protest near the tram station in East Jerusalem, a day after a Palestinian driver ran over the crowded area, East Jerusalem, October 23, 2014. The attack saw a Palestinian ramming his car at high speed, killing a baby and injuring another six people. (Activestills.org)

Israeli right-wing protesters chant slogans and hold posters of far-right Rabbi Meir Kahane during a protest near the light rail station in East Jerusalem. (Activestills.org)

 

A sign reading; “Jerusalem is not silent towards racism”, seen left wing activists during a protest in the city centre of West Jerusalem against racism, October 18, 2014. The action was organised following violent attacks of right wing activists on Palestinians in Jerusalem's city centre. (Activestills.org)

Left-wing activists hold up a sign reading, “Jerusalem is not silent in the face of racism” during a protest in the center of West Jerusalem, October 18, 2014. The action was organised following violent attacks by right-wing activists on Palestinians in Jerusalem’s city center. (Activestills.org)

 

Palestinian Muslim worshipers are reflected on an Israeli policemen sunglasses, as they perform traditional Friday prayers in a street in Wadi Joz neighbourhood outside Jerusalem's Old City, as policemen block their way to Al Aqsa mosque, October 17, 2014. The Israeli government has restricted access to the al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest shrine to men under 50. (Activestills.org)

Palestinian Muslim worshipers are seen in the reflection on an Israeli policeman’s sunglasses, as they perform traditional Friday prayers in a street in the Wadi Joz neighborhood, outside Jerusalem’s Old City, as policemen block their way to Al-Aqsa Mosque, October 17, 2014. (Activestills.org)

 

Palestinians protest outside Jerusalem's old city against the Israeli authorities' policy in resent weeks to limit access for Muslim worshippers to the al-Aqsa mosque compound, October 15, 2014. At least four protesters were arrested after Israeli police dispersed the protest. Muslim men and women over 50 are allowed to enter the compound in recent weeks, as Jewish right-wing activists enter al-Aqsa mosque compound with police escort. (Activestills.org)

Palestinians protest outside Jerusalem’s Old City against the Israeli authorities’ policy in recent weeks to limit access for Muslim worshippers to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, October 15, 2014. At least four protesters were arrested after Israeli police dispersed the protest. (Activestills.org)

 

Israeli policemen arrest a Palestinian protester during a protest outside Jerusalem's old city against the Israeli authorities' policy in resent weeks to limit access for Muslim worshippers to the al-Aqsa mosque compound, October 15, 2014. At least four protesters were arrested after Israeli police dispersed the protest. Muslim men and women over 50 are allowed to enter the compound in recent weeks, as Jewish right-wing activists enter al-Aqsa mosque compound with police escort. (Activestills.org)

Israeli policemen arrest a Palestinian protester outside Jerusalem’s Old City during a protest against the Israeli authorities’ policy in resent weeks to limit access for Muslim worshippers to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, October 15, 2014. (Activestills.org)

 

Palestinian Muslim worshipers pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s old city on the first day of Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) marking the end of the hajj and commemorating Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command, on October 4, 2014. Israel is in security lockdown for the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur, which is coinciding with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha for the first time in three decades. The concurrence of the holy days has not occurred for 33 years because the two faiths use different lunar calendars. (Activestills.org)

Palestinian Muslim worshipers pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City on the first day of Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice), marking the end of the Hajj and commemorating Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s command, on October 4, 2014. At the time, Israel was in a security lockdown for the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur, which coincided with the Muslim holiday for the first time in three decades. The concurrence of the holy days has not occurred for 33 years, since the two faiths use different lunar calendars. (Activestills.org)

Read more of +972’s coverage on the recent events in Jerusalem:
Who is really fanning the flames in Jerusalem?
There are no good guys in Jerusalem
The fraud that is the Temple Mount movement

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    1. Pedro X

      It is ironic that 972mag shows no pictures of Israeli victims or their funerals.

      It is also noteworthy that 972mag which continually shows pictures of women of the wall in an attempt to defend their activities for free worship at the Kotel, does not show the Jews who desire the right to freely worship on Mount Moriah. 972mag certainly has a double standard when it comes for religious freedom for those it approves and those it does not approve.

      At least 972mag could have shown some pictures of settlers rampaging on the Temple Mount terrorizing Muslims in their Noble Sanctuary. Well, I have done their work for them. Look at these pictures of 3 foot tall rampaing settlers on the Temple Mount.

      http://myrightword.blogspot.ca/2013/07/the-childrens-temple-mount-ascent.html

      My right word, how do the Muslims put up with such provocations? If Jews are allowed to pray, Catholics will start slinging the Lord’s Prayer and Hail Marys at the Muslims, Evangelicals will start singing hymns and then all Hell will break loose and the Muslim universe will implode on itself.

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      • Baladi Akka 1948

        Are you Yisrael Medad, the settler nutcase himself or are you just linking to his blog ? In case you are, take some advice: seek help from a shrink though it’s probably too late or just move back to the States.

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        • Pedro X

          Sorry to disappoint you, I do not live in the Hills of Ephraim. Mr. Medad lives in the crucible of Israeli civilization near Tel Shiloh where the stones and the hills breathe Jewish history and culture. Why would Mr. Medad want to live in the United States when he is at home in the Hills of Ephraim?

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          • Brian

            The American transplants are often the most fanatic. This is a pattern. They have a Disneyland or Leon Uris’s ‘Exodus’ kitsch version of reality in their heads and they grab onto the fanaticism to escape the anomie of their existence in the states. Kitsch as escape.

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    2. Almost every media outlet in the state of Israel is biased in favor of the state of Israel’s many victims, be they real and not so real. There is a plethora of websites, newspapers and news channels in lockstep with the thinking of the extreme right, Kahanists, Friends of Feiglin, etc. If the state of israel is a democracy as it loves to calls itself, this is what one sees in a democracy. Are you being forced to read 972?

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    3. Yeah, right

      Hmm, anyone want to start placing bets how long it will be before Israel powers up the D9 Armoured Bulldozers and flattens the al-Aqsa Mosque?

      Six Months, maybe?
      Perhaps even quicker than that.

      Its days are certainly numbered, and then Israel will use the resulting uproar as its excuse to visit a second Nakba on the Palestinians.

      Because that’s where this is all heading, and I would suggest that there are more than a few Israeli cabinet ministers who can’t wait to get into full swing on this.

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      • bar

        How much do you have to bet and how can we get an escrow for that amount? I’d be happy to take your money.

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        • Yeah, right

          Really, bar? You really think that the end game here isn’t the destruction of that mosque and the ejection of the Palestinians over the Allenby Bridge?

          Really?

          Pressure is building on the Israelis. They can feel it, and if they do nothing but hunker down then they will eventually have to bend to that pressure.

          That’s not the Zionist way, bar.

          That mosque is doomed, because the Zionist way is to spark a crisis, and then strike with maximum force.

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          • Brian

            Yeah: Whether this particular crisis over the Mosque is the one that will spark it I can’t say, and I doubt the Right has a SPECIFIC master plan on this–I think they are content to wait however long it takes to engineer the “right” crisis, but I do think that their master plan involves a crisis, i.e., a major conflagration, under the cover of the chaos of which (“fog of war”) massive population transfer takes place. There is no other way to make sense of the Right’s complacent attitude to the “demographic threat.” And this “fog of war” subterfuge would be natural for them, taking as it does a lesson from the pages of Plan Dalet and the opportunism and “cover one’s tracks” ethos that characterized the original execution of what the Palestinians call the Nakba.

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    4. “Because that’s where this is all heading, and I would suggest that there are more than a few Israeli cabinet ministers who can’t wait to get into full swing on this.”

      I hope you’re wrong but doubt it. The can only masturbate for so long…

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    5. Brian

      http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.624191

      How the far-right changed the debate over the Temple Mount
      Plus, some talking points for the left.
      By Nir Hasson | Nov. 2, 2014 | 7:53 PM

      [Nir Hasson makes this point among several important points]

      …The third argument involves Judaism. Contemporary Judaism is a religion that developed over the past 2,000 years, and is based on the absence of a Temple. This is not an edict of fate that Judaism learned to live with; the absence of a Temple is in many ways the backbone of rabbinic Judaism, which is an entirely different religion than priestly Judaism, from Second Temple times. In his book “The End of Sacrifice,” Guy G. Stroumsa shows how around the first century C.E., the custom of offering animal sacrifices at the altar ended, not only among the Jews but also in the Roman creed and in the new religion, Christianity. A return to this custom would be a cultural and religious step backward 2,000 years – before halakha (Jewish religious law), the rabbis, the Mishna and the Talmud….
      ——————————-

      Glick and Feiglin seriously want to revive a priesthood and start sacrificing goats and chickens again and burn them at the altar and collect payments for these services from the masses seeking expiation of sins? Seriously? To this cause they devote their lives? These Jews want to go 2000 years backwards like this? To sacrificing goats? And this is really all about pure “religion” and not religion as a fascist device? Seriously? Glick may be Feiglin’s “useful idiot,” but Feiglin?

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      • Brian

        Nir Hasson:

        The fourth argument, and in my opinion the strongest, is that the Temple Mount must once again be connected to its surroundings. To hear the Israeli debate, one might think the Temple Mount is located in outer space, or at the very least in West Jerusalem, over which no one challenges Israel’s sovereignty. But the Temple Mount is a real place, located between the village of Silwan and the Old City’s Muslim and Jewish quarters. Annexing the Temple Mount and East Jerusalem to the State of Israel is not a fait accompli, as one might suppose listening to the Israeli media. And although there are many who recognize the Jewish relationship to the Temple Mount, there is not one country that recognizes Israel’s right to sovereignty over it.

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    6. They don’t know what they’re doing, why they’re doing it or if it’s even an acceptable thing anymore.

      Isaiah 1:11
      11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

      Isaiah 66:3
      3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

      Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

      “A broken spirit”, a contrite heart? Doesn’t sound like Feiglin and Friends at all.

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