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January 21, 2001 | DAVID N. MYERS and CHAIM SEIDLER-FELLER, David N. Myers is a professor of Jewish history at UCLA. Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller is the director of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Jewish Life at UCLA
Time ran out on President Clinton's efforts. It appears that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak will leave office before achieving an enduring and comprehensive agreement in the Middle East. The prospects for peace that seemed so bright just months ago now seem tragically dim. Perhaps a period of lowered expectation will allow the parties to proceed anew at a more deliberate pace toward the ultimate goal.
February 7, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Israeli military on Friday evicted Palestinian activists from a camp they set up a week ago in the Jordan River valley in an attempt to challenge any Israeli plan to maintain a presence in the area under a future peace accord. The activists, from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, were encamped at Ein Hijleh, a village abandoned after Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967. The land, in an area east of Jericho, is owned by a local monastery. Israeli officials have suggested, to the angry objection of Palestinians, that any peace agreement allow their nation to maintain a troop presence in the West Bank along the border with Jordan.
March 3, 1985 | From Reuters
Israeli security forces have arrested four Jews trying to enter Jerusalem's Temple Mount, a site sacred to both Jews and Muslims, police sources reported. The four were detained by guards at one of the gates leading to the holy site, sources said Friday. It was not immediately clear whether the four were planning an attack. Last year, Jewish extremists twice planned to blow up the Dome of the Rock shrine and Al Aqsa mosque, also situated on Temple Mount.
June 10, 2013 | By Carla Hall, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Sometimes the debate over gender equality around the globe is easy to decide. Women in Saudi Arabia should be able to drive cars and compete in sports. Yes, of course, girls in Pakistan should get equal education. Other times, it's not a matter of obvious civil rights. That's the case in Jerusalem, where members of an organization called Women of the Wall have, for two decades, endured taunts, threats of violence and arrest to pray at the sacred and iconic Western Wall. It's not the fact that they're praying; it's the way that they choose to pray.
July 30, 2000 | From Associated Press
In an illustration of the centuries-old rivalry over Jerusalem that derailed the Camp David peace talks, Muslim custodians of one of the city's sacred sites locked an entrance used mostly by tourists and Jewish worshipers for several hours Saturday. Officials of the Muslim religious council that administers the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City said they locked a Temple Mount gate because Jewish extremists tried to bring Israeli flags into the complex's Al Aqsa mosque Thursday.
October 30, 1990 | From Associated Press
A security agent shot to death a Palestinian who stabbed an Israeli guard in the West Bank today, and an Arab died in a failed bombing near Tel Aviv. Both deaths came in apparent revenge attacks for the Temple Mount killings. A third attack occurred in Arab East Jerusalem, where a Palestinian stabbed a police officer. The victim suffered superficial neck wounds, and the assailant was arrested, police and Israel army radio said.
December 30, 2000 | From Associated Press
Prime Minister Ehud Barak on Friday drew what he called his bottom line in any peace deal with the Palestinians: No transfer of sovereignty over Jerusalem's revered Temple Mount to the Palestinians, and no right of return for Palestinian refugees. Barak spoke after another day of confrontations between Israelis and Palestinians. Israel once again clamped a full closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip after bombings that killed two Israelis a day earlier.
January 16, 1988 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
Israeli police Friday fired tear gas canisters into the Al Aqsa mosque, one of the most sacred shrines of Islam, and attacked some Muslim holy day worshipers after they assaulted a policeman, witnesses said. Israeli police confirmed that they entered the mosque but denied firing tear gas into the mosque or beating worshipers. Eyewitnesses said it was one of the most violent clashes ever on the revered Temple Mount, where the mosque is situated in the Old City.
October 13, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Israel used curfews, roadblocks and water cannons Friday to stop thousands of Arabs from attending prayer services on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, where police killed 19 Palestinians earlier this week. In the occupied territories, troops shot and killed two Palestinians and wounded 10 in clashes with stone-throwing youths, Arab reports said.
April 23, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Israeli police firing rubber bullets and wielding clubs injured several rock-throwing Palestinians on Jerusalem's Temple Mount on Friday, and the army shot dead three Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Paramilitary police stormed the Temple Mount area to disperse hundreds of Palestinians carrying black flags and chanting nationalist slogans after they began stoning a police station beside an Islamic shrine, the Al Aqsa mosque.
October 30, 2012
Re "Tension grows over Jerusalem holy site," Oct. 28 Peaceful praying has been practiced for centuries at the Temple Mount and at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem; it should not now cause resentment and animosity. If the truth be known, Arabs and Jews have a common ancestor: Abraham. Both hold the the Old Testament sacred, and many of their customs and prayers come from the Bible. Arline Mathews Chatsworth Attributing the four-year reign of terror by Palestinians that began a dozen years ago to then-Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount is tantamount to attributing the killing of our ambassador in Libya to backlash over an anti-Islam video.
October 28, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - A simple, ancient ritual is threatening the delicate security balance atop Jerusalem's most sacred plaza: Jews are praying. On most days, dozens - sometimes hundreds - of Jewish worshipers ascend to the disputed 36-acre platform that Muslims venerate as Al Aqsa mosque and Jews revere as the Temple Mount with an Israeli police escort to protect them and a Muslim security guard to monitor their movements. Then, they recite a quick prayer, sometimes quietly to themselves, other times out loud.
December 11, 2011 | By Wendy Smith, Special to Tribune Newspapers
Simon Sebag Montefiore's epic survey of Jerusalem's sanguinary history does not inspire confidence in the civilizing qualities of religion. The pile of corpses accumulated over millenniums from the persecutions both perpetrated and endured by all three of the faiths - Christianity, Islam and Judaism - that have contended for Jerusalem would surely be high enough to reach the celestial home of any one of them. Not that politicians come off any better than believers here. Anyone frustrated by the intractable stalemate in the contemporary Middle East peace process may take grim comfort from the knowledge that Jerusalem has been a flash point for global warfare since the time of the Egyptian pharaohs: "the desire and prize of empires," as Montefiore puts it, "yet of no strategic value.
March 21, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Laying a foundation for a prospective presidential bid, Sarah Palin wrapped up an abbreviated tour of India and Israel on Monday, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and declaring her fidelity to the Israeli people. Earlier in her two-day sojourn to Israel, Palin toured the sacred Western Wall and its adjacent tunnels in Jerusalem's Old City, and appeared to contend that Israelis were too deferential to Arab concerns. "Why are you apologizing all the time?"
December 21, 2008 | By Susan Spano
To me, travel means trying to understand places, appreciating them for what they are, and making them my own. But sometimes my ability to do that breaks down. It happened in Jerusalem, one of the oldest, most revered and emotional cities in the world. Modern West Jerusalem, with its restaurants, shops, hotels and museums, was not the problem. But the Old City -- a 0.35-square-mile patch of stony hilltop covered with churches, mosques and synagogues wrapped in thick Ottoman walls -- made my heart sick, which was not the way I wanted to feel in Jerusalem with Christmas coming.
April 11, 2005 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
With a big show of force around a disputed holy site, Israeli police Sunday blocked a small rally by right-wing Jews that officials had feared might ignite a new round of bloodshed. After weeks of calm, the city was under extraordinarily tight security as 3,000 police officers set up barricades in and around Jerusalem's walled Old City to prevent Jewish demonstrators from entering the Temple Mount, a hilltop site sacred to both Jews and Muslims that has sparked violence.
September 27, 2003 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
For his first visit to Judaism's holiest site, Daniel Kaszovitz took a ritual bath before setting out this week, cleansing himself of impurity. He wore a skullcap on his head and sandals on his feet, in keeping with a religious prohibition against leather shoes on holy ground. Then he and several neighbors from a Jewish settlement in the West Bank climbed a chewed-up dirt ramp overlooking the Western Wall and stepped onto the Temple Mount, an open-air plaza high above this ancient city.
July 11, 2003 | David Wilder
HEBRON -- It happened in May 2001, about eight months after the Oslo War -- otherwise known as the second intifada -- began. At 11 one night I was still in the office, five minutes from our home. Again, the sound of gunfire could be heard from the hills surrounding Hebron's Jewish community, hills transferred to the control of the Palestinian Authority several years earlier. The phone on my desk rang. It was one of my daughters, then 16. Breathless, she exclaimed, "Dad, they're shooting again."
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