Earth & Conservation

Why Is Israel Restricting Access To The Temple Mount?

The Temple Mount holds religious significance for Christian, Muslim and Jewish people. So why does Israel restrict access to the site?

The Temple Mount is the holiest site in the world for Jews and Muslims, as well as Christians to some extent. Last month, UNESCO condemned Israel for restricting access to part of the Temple Mount, which has already been the root of conflict between Israel and nearby Muslim countries for many years.

This hill in Jerusalem is home to the al-Aqsa Mosque, considered the third holiest site in Sunni Islam, and The Western Wall, considered the holiest place of prayer for Jews. Jesus issued a challenge against Temple authorities here, ostensibly leading to his crucifixion and making this site holy for Christians too.

What else makes the Temple Mount so important and will the conflicts around it ever be resolved? Watch today's Seeker Daily video to find out.

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Reuters: UNESCO Condemns Israel for Limits on Al-Aqsa Mosque Access

The Economist: The Trouble at Temple Mount

The Washington Post: Israel Blocks Jerusalem Holy Site Amid Rising Tensions After Activist Shot