Jews can visit the Temple Mount in Jerusalem again

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem reopened to Jewish visitors on Sunday after three weeks. The holy site was closed to Jews during Ramadan, the month of Muslim fasting, due to violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces.

The Temple Mount – which Muslims call the Haram al-Sharif – with the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam. The place is also sacred to Jews as it used to have two synagogues. What remains of the Wailing Wall.

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There were, among other things, clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police at the beginning of May. Tensions escalated in East Jerusalem, and led to the outbreak of a military conflict in which the Palestinian Hamas movement launched missile attacks on Israel nearly two weeks ago, and responded with intense bombardment of the closed Gaza Strip.

Since Friday, there has been a truce in the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel. Hours after the ceasefire, clashes continued between Palestinians and Israeli security forces on the Temple Mount. According to the Palestinian emergency services, about 15 people were injured after police used rubber bullets, among other things.

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