Palestinians connect to Jerusalem holy shrine with ‘selfies’

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Palestinian Sanaa Abu Jaudi (L), 16, from the West Bank city of Jenin, takes a selfie photo with friends in front of the Dome of the Rock during the holy month of Ramadan, June 29, 2015

Palestinian Sanaa Abu Jaudi, left, 16, from the West Bank city of Jenin, takes a selfie photo with friends in front of the Dome of the Rock during the holy month of Ramadan, June 29, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Ammar Awad.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) While selfies are hardly new, Palestinians have embraced the phenomenon during the holy month of Ramadan as a way of showing their presence at Islam's third holiest site.

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  • Jon

    It was never rebuilt because the Jews weren’t in power for nearly 2,000 years after the last (2nd) temple was destroyed. It’s not about the text in a Bible, since the destruction of the temple is historical, not Biblical. The 2nd temple was destroyed when the Romans sacked Jerusalem in 66, as a result of the Jewish rebellion at the time. After the Romans, the area was ruled by various Muslims (they aren’t going to rebuild it), and other non-Jews until the modern state of Israel was established in 1948, after the Holocaust. You can find all that with a simple google.

  • Larry

    “Are there specific reasons?”

    The Roman destruction of Jerusalem and subsequent dispersal of the Jewish people following the Bar Kochba revolt in the 2nd century.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_diaspora

  • Good for the Palestinians, “Jerusalem is holy” for three different religions and all
    should have a right to worship as they wish. The Temple Mt. or whatever one
    chooses to call it is sacred ground for each, in a different way. I do not believe
    that God is concerned about “ownership” as the land and whatever is on it is
    God’s to begin with.

  • Jack

    Noreen, you need to reread the article. It’s the Muslims, not the Jews, who are restricting others from worshipping in connection to that place.

    So, no, not “good for the Palestinians,” so long as non-Muslims can’t worship freely there.

    As for “ownership,” the Bible says it’s the Jews’. As ultimate owner, God has the right to make such designations.

    Got a problem with that?

    I hope not…given what a tiny plot of land it is we’re talking about….

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