Two articles about Jerusalem caught my eye today.
Kazim Ali describes his visit to Jerusalem in the Huffington Post.
Where one can and can't pray is fraught here with all kinds of meaning. When a group of Jewish men came up onto the plaza the Muslim men began reciting loudly at the top of their lungs, a sonic resistance but a resistance nonetheless. One of the Arab men called the Jewish people "settlers."...
...Unlike the Jews who are not welcome inside the Dome of the Rock or the new Al-Aqsa mosque, I went straight up to the Western Wall.
He concludes by stating, "The characters are different, the events take place in different times, but one can't help but slowly realize that the story is the same."
The story is the same? Jews are not allowed to pray on the Temple Mount but the author is welcome at the Western Wall. So, I beg to differ - the story is not the same.
Read full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kazim-ali/navigating-the-sacred-and_b_905998.html
The New York Times has an article about a case scheduled for the Supreme Court regarding Jerusalem.
Menachem Zivotofsky was born in Jerusalem. But was he born in Israel?
This fall, not long after Menachem turns 9, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in his case,...
...The Obama administration urged the Supreme Court not to hear an appeal.