On August 11th, violent clashes broke out between Israeli security forces and Palestinian Muslims (Islamic worshippers) in Jerusalem, a holy city for Christians, Jews, and Muslims.
Various Israeli newspapers, including Times of Israel, sourced Red Cross and Red Crescent, reporting that the clashes between Muslim protesters and Israeli security forces occurred at the Temple Mount, located in Eastern Jerusalem.
During the process, at least four Israeli security forces were injured as well.
The Temple Mount is one of the three holiest sites for Muslims. It contains the Al-Aqsa Mosque and is considered the sacred place where King Solomon built the First Temple of Jerusalem in the 10th century BC.
The Israeli Broadcast Authority (IBA) reported that Muslims began to violently protest as Jews started to visit the Temple Mount on the morning of August 11th.
Angry Muslims picked up and threw stones, chairs, and other objects at Israeli security forces, and the security forces responded by firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters in front of the temple.
Many Muslims were gathered that morning at the Temple Mount to celebrate the first day of the Muslim holiday “Eid al-Adha”.
Officials initially barred non-Muslims from entering the Temple Mount, because it was the time of the Muslim holiday. However, this year it coincides with the Jewish holiday “Tisha B’av” and so authorities gave the Jews limited access to the Temple Mount.
Tisha B’av commemorates the agony the Jews received when Ancient Rome destroyed the First Temple of Jerusalem.
Palestinians criticized Israel based on this incident.
Source: YonHap News
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished”
(Romans 3:23-25, NIV)
Lord, we have heard that there were clashes between Jews and Muslims in Jerusalem due to the coinciding religious holidays.
The conflict between the Arabs and Israelis is evident and clear as their enmity worsens with each polarizing incident.
But we believe that Jerusalem is not just the holy site for Jews or for Muslims alone, but it is the land that will be restored by the gospel in the end times and will complete the way of your return.
Lord, right now Jews and Muslims do not know the truth, and are fighting with, despising, and hurting each other, but we believe that a vast army will arise who will receive your grace as a gift through the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ!
The conflict between Arabs and Israelis goes back as far as Abraham’s two sons, Isaac and Ishmael. Jews trace their lineage back to Abraham through the descendants of Isaac, while Muslims consider themselves the descendants of Ishmael. Isaac was the promised son of Abraham, but Ishmael was the illegitimate one, and he was exiled from the house of Abraham.
Arabs and Israelis have had a long history of bloodshed and conflict. But they will have peace through Jesus Christ alone, who became the sacrifice of atonement for all people. We fervently pray for Israeli and Palestinian Christians who are rising up with faith to share this love of Christ with their Jewish and Muslim neighbors.
We believe that through the message of the cross, all conflicts surrounding Jerusalem will be resolved! With this hope, may the global church hold on to the gospel and go towards Jerusalem! Amen!