Defusing the Crisis at Jerusalem’s Gate of Mercy

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A standoff looms between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police over a shuttered building at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade.

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Israel and Muslim religious authorities should reopen the building to lessen tensions at the sacred site, where small incidents have blown up into prolonged violence before.

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At Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade (Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount), Israeli authorities and Palestinian worshippers are struggling over control of a building next to the Gate of Mercy.

Shut by Israeli authorities since 2003, Palestinians forcibly regained access in February, turning it into a prayer hall.

Israel seeks to reverse the…

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