VIOLENCE ERUPTS AT JERUSALEM HOLY SITE
Before King David's conquest of Jerusalem in the 10th century BC the city was known as Jebus and the home of the Jebusites. The Bible describes the city as heavily fortified with a strong city wall but not much is known about it.
If you walk far enough you come to the Western Wall, the last remnant of the Second Temple. The holiest site in Judaism. To the left of the wall there is a stairwell. Walking up the stairwell brings you to "The Temple Mount" or as it is known to Muslims, the "Noble Sanctuary" the third holiest site in Islam.
Here sits the magnificent Dome of the Rock, built in the 7th century A.D., and the Al Aqsa Mosque.
The Temple was the center of Jewish holy life for more than 2,000 years, the rock in the Dome is where Mohamed ascended to heaven to hear the word of God. The mosque is where 16,000 worshippers listen to Friday services.
It is a small, but beautiful area. Gardens, ancient olive trees, the great dome, the great mosque, 3,000 years of Jewish history. You can feel the electricity enter your feet from the ground and work its way up your body and into that primeval part of your brain.
A feeling that is at once overwhelming, exciting, trance-like, spiritual, exhausting and seems to carry you through epochs of history. It always has been and remains an important place in the world. It is one of the most important patches of land in the world and it is iomportant to keep an eye on what happens there.
When I left the Temple Mount I walked to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Holiest site in Christianity. A whole set of of feelings and history had to be dealt with.