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Elizabeth R. Katzki Arab-Israeli Conflict Term Paper Religious Issues in Jerusalem: Healing Through Mediation and Education Religion can be the root of conflict, or the demise of it depending on the perspective with which one dissects the situation. Throughout Jerusalem, the religious capitol of the world, there is religious strife, but it is also rich with religious diversity and culture. Religious has been the spark and fuel for many conflicts on the world stage, but it has proven to be a stabilizing and positive force for the individual. It is possible to merge these aspects in order to create a more harmonious religious situation in Jerusalem. This is possible through interpersonal mediation and teaching religious understanding to both youth and adults. Jerusalem has served as the religious capitol of the world since the first Jewish Temple was built over three-thousand years ago 1 , and continues to do so contemporarily: “…while Israel has proclaimed Jerusalem its capital, the city is the spiritual capital of the world's three major monotheistic religions - and equally important to each.” 2 These three religions are Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Each of these religions plays a different role in creating conflict, and quelling it, but at the core, they remain religions. The relations between these religions is 1  Pipes, Daniel. "The Muslim Claim to Jerusalem."  The Middle East Quarterly  8,  no. 4 (2001): 1-2. http://www.meforum.org/article/490. 2  Shattuck, Kathryn.  "Three Faiths, One Lesson.”   The New York Times , 2005.  . 1
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Elizabeth R. Katzki Arab-Israeli Conflict Term Paper one of the main reasons why “Jerusalem is the knottiest issue facing Arab and Israeli negotiators.” 3 When, unfortunately, religion becomes a part of the conflict, people often forget that religion is not something that was created because of malicious intent, but rather, for the betterment of societies. Religion, though is may seem the root of the problem, is not the only cause, and cannot be the only force to be blamed for it, because there are other religious-like practices that could have fueled the same type of conflict: “We have learned from the bitter lessons of modern political history that eliminated religious rituals and dogmas of exclusion are easily replaced by new, secular ones, with very religious overtones, such as those found in classical communism and fascism.” 4 This conflict in particular does have a religious background, but it is important to understand that religion is not the sole issue. Religion, though a part of the problem must be understood as just what it is as well: religion. Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, though all different, all have something to offer: a history, tradition, and moral values. Judaism, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is: “…a religion
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