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The old city of Jerusalem contains the holiest places for two major monotheistic religions and the third holiest place for a third. The old city of Jerusalem contains the Wailing Wall, the holiest site for Jews; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is said to stand on the ground where Jesus was crucified, interred, and later resurrected; and the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is one of the oldest mosques in Islam and represents the place where the prophet arrived on his nightly journey from Mecca. Al-Aqsa is regarded as the third holiest place in Islam, after Mecca and Medina.
Together, these religious sites hold significance for approximately four billion Christians, Muslims and Jews around the world.
The city of Jerusalem woke up to a blanket of ten inches of snow from a storm the night before. Winters in the region have become increasingly colder and this is the fourth year in a row that snow has fallen on Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Municipality has asked the residents of Jerusalem and surrounding areas to refrain from using the roads and schools have remained closed. As children are starting to appear outside to revel in the beautiful views of the city covered in snow, the government has stressed its responsibility to ensure safety in the city. "The first objective is to save lives, the second to open roads and the third to supply electricity," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement released on Thursday night.
As tensions in Jerusalem boil over into open conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the issue of the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex remains one of the key issues in the conflict. This story explores the cultural and religious significance of the complex to the two sides and illustrates how the area has yet again become a catalyst for violence. Some fear this newest round of violence may lead to a third Palestinian Intifada.
The Wailing Wall with the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque in the background in the Temple Mount.
The site where Jesus is said to have been born. Church of Nativity, Bethlehem, West Bank.
Jewish devotees attend evening prayer at the Wailing Wall. The wailing wall is the last remaining part of the second temple built by Herod in 19 BC. The wall comprised the western wall of the former temple, thus its alternate name the "Western Wall".
Christian woman pray at the site where it is said Jesus was laid to rest.
The Dome of the Rock towering above the Wailing Wall in the right foreground. The Foundation Stone inside the Dome is significant to both Muslims, Christians and Jews.
Christian woman lighting a candle for Jesus at the site of the cave at the Church of theHoly Sepulcher in Jerusalem.