» 08/20/2010, 00.00
ISRAEL - PALESTINE
A quiet Ramadan on Temple Mount
Two thousand police officers deployed, but no tension so far. Easier access to permits from the West Bank and Gaza. The army asked not to smoke, drink or eat in public during the fasting month. Two thousand more cubic meters of water for Bethlehem, where there has been a shortage for months.
Jerusalem (AsiaNews / Agencies) - For the second Friday of Ramadan, Israeli police deployed 2,000 soldiers in East Jerusalem to prevent possible unrest during the Friday prayers. The same thing happened last week. Police have confirmed they do not expect "particular disorder."
Last Friday, the first of the Muslim holy month, tens of thousands of people gathered for prayer on Temple Mount, overlooking the Wailing Wall. After prayers, the crowd dispersed without incident, but under heavy Israeli police surveillance. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and other Islamic authorities have, however, criticized Israel because it has not allowed thousands of young Muslim men access into the holy city and holy site.
During the month of Ramadan, the army has eased access to mosques, where Al-Aqsa Mosque is found, considered the third most important place in Islam, after those of Mecca and Medina.
Usually Palestinians from the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem are excluded from visiting the holy place without permits, which are difficult to obtain. During the holy month, Muslims, males over 50 and women over 45 can go to the Temple Mount to pray without permits. Some gates into Israel have extended opening hours and the military personnel have been warned against of eating, smoking or drinking in public during Ramadan.
For this month, the Israeli administration has agreed to provide the city of Bethlehem a surplus of 2 thousand cubic meters of water per day. For months, Bethlehem has suffered from water shortages and people have been forced to pay for water to fill the tanks on the roofs of their homes
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Jerusalem: access to Temple Mount blocked
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Tensions remain high as Israel shuts down West Bank crossings
US Vice President Joe Biden, who is in Israel to re-launch the peace process through indirect talks, accepts Netanyahu’s explanation that the construction of East Jerusalem settlements was slated in a few years time. Is this a green light for more settlements? Abbas wants the United States to make sure plans are scrapped.
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Men under 50 still banned from the area. For Abbas, Israel's recent closure is tantamount to a "declaration of war". The funeral of Palestinian suspected of wounding Rabbi Glick takes place without incident. The latter remains hospitalised in intensive care.
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Palestinian ‘day of rage’ turns violent
Israeli police fire rubber bullets and tear gas against stone-throwing protesters. About 40 people are hurt, 25 are detained. Hamas organises protest in response to the opening of a synagogue near al-Aqsa Mosque. Sources tell AsiaNews that conflict is sliding towards religious warfare.
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Two Palestinians killed infiltrating West Bank settlement. Yesterday another Palestinian killed
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Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
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