Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Holy Places Discrimination

Holy sites are protected in Israel. The 'Protection of Holy Places Law' states that:
The Holy Places shall be protected from desecration and any other violation and from anything likely to violate the freedom of access of the members of the different religions to the places sacred to them or their feelings with regard to those places.
There is no definition of 'holy places' in the law, but since the inception of that law, 137 locations have been designated as 'holy places.' The problem is that ALL 137 'holy places' are Jewish holy sites.

This is an incredible fact in the face of the history that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have in this region. Jerusalem is the historical center of these three religions and contains present day holy sites for all three religions. The Western Wall for Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians, and Al Aqsa Mosque for Muslims.

137 out of 137. Just saying. And I am not the first one to say it.

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