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7 Comments on "Photo Essay: The Al Aqsa Compound"

  1. mahatmacoatmabag | 27th March 2016 at 8:50 pm | Reply

    Tim are you on holiday or on assignment in Israel ?

      • mahatmacoatmabag | 28th March 2016 at 10:36 pm | Reply

        Research for a new book , a series of articles for the print media or a TV documentary? I sorely miss the days when you were Skys Foreign Editor and appeared on a regular basis on the box. Enjoy your stay here, the weather is not too hot yet & the rainy spells are almost at an end.

  2. Thanks for the beautiful photos!

  3. The mosque in the photos is the Dome of the Rock. Al Aqsa mosque is the building at the southern end of the Temple Mount and has a silver – actually lead-grey – coloured dome. This is the mosque used routinely for Muslim prayer and the focal point for the various confrontations which have taken place between Arabs and Israeli security forces. The qibla is merely the direction ( towards Mecca ) towards which Muslims should pray. A whole mythology concerning the Temple Mount has been amassed by Palestinians including the preposterous claim that the first Temple was built as “Al -Aqsa Mosque” by the “prophet Sulayman,” centuries, of course, before Islam even existed.

    • The whole compound is the Al Aqsa. The mosque you refer to is routinely known in documents, official and social discourse in Palestinian society as the Qibla mosque.

  4. mahatmacoatmabag | 29th March 2016 at 4:32 pm | Reply

    Tim by any chance were you here to attend the Y-net BDS conference in Jerusalem ?

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