MembersAnalysis: Temple Mount Tensions Threaten Israel

With Ramadan, Passover and Easter converging this year, the stage was set for conflict. How do we rate Israel’s reaction, and what’s next?

By Jason Silverman | | Topics: Temple Mount
Israeli police officers during clashes outside the Al Aqsa Mosque atop Jerusalem's Temple Mount.
Israeli police officers during clashes outside the Al Aqsa Mosque atop Jerusalem's Temple Mount. Photo: Jamal Awad/Flash90

The current tension and outbreak of violence in Jerusalem brings back difficult memories of the escalation that occurred last May during Operation Guardian of the Walls (Shomer HaChomot).

Once again, tension between Israelis and Palestinians has risen during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan. Except this year, all three major holidays of the Abrahamic faiths—Ramadan, Passover and Easter—were celebrated at the same time, designating this period ever more sensitive in the Holy Land.

This time, unlike last year, clashes are not breaking out surrounding the potential evictions of Palestinian families from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Instead, the conflict is boiling almost exclusively around the Temple Mount and the Al Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem.

See: Eye of the Storm: Violence Atop Jerusalem’s Temple Mount

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