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Al- Quds - Jerusalem: is the dawn of civilization and, the nourishing cradle of history. The city destined to be the cradle of the prophets, of divine religions and ancient civilizations: the land of peace that accommodates mosques’ minarets and church bells. This is the city whose walls, gates, streets, houses and people reflect diverse dynasties and cultures. It is on this land that civilizations took the first step toward enlightenment, a path with intertwined cultural, spiritual, and human dimensions. The history of Jerusalem reflects how the city was always cherished and referred to as the spirit of the homeland.

Because of its unique characteristics, Jerusalem resisted twenty four attempts of destruction in the past and continues to resist occupation. It ascended into the skies of Palestine as a legendry phoenix, continuously renewing its humanitarian message despite all Israeli Occupation attempts to subjugate its Palestinian citizens and their Arab identity. Jerusalem insists to retain its spiritual, cultural and political reference for all the Palestinian people.



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The Muslim Sanctuary Haram-al-Sharif, or the Esplanade of the Mosques, makes Jerusalem Islam’s third most important holy city, after Mecca and Medina. The Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa mosque were both built in the 7th century on the ruins of the Jewish temple of which only the western wall remains. This wall is known as the Wailing Wall since it is were Jews came to lament its destruction. According to tradition, this was the place where, nearly 3,000 years ago, a first temple was built by King Solomon to store the Tablets of Stone. Twice destroyed and rebuilt, it was finally razed by the Romans in 135AD. The Wailing Wall is today a holy place central to Judaism where the faithful come to pray and to slide prayers into cracks in the wall. Near Christ’s tomb, this holy place reminds us that Jerusalem, a three millennium old city, is also three times a holy city, a religious capital for Jews, Christians and Muslims. This unique spiritual dimension makes it the object of a great deal of secular passion and tension.



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