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    Posted November 11, 2014 by
    nomadicjames
    Location
    Jerusalem, Israel
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    New violence in Israel and West Bank

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    Tensions Rising in Jerusalem

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     “At times, I can feel the heaviness in the air from all the conflict but I go about my life regardless. I've lived here several years and after a while, you somewhat get acclimated to the tension when there are flare ups in the city,” writes nomadicjames, an American expat who has lived in Jerusalem since 2010 and before that during the second intifada. He posted an update about what it’s like living in Jerusalem during the tension at Temple Mount.

    “At times, my heart is heavy for the innocent people on both sides of the conflict that get caught in the middle,” he said. “There is so much more to this city than the conflict we hear about on TV or in the news. It's a beautiful city full of life with people (Jews & Arabs) living their lives as usual without yielding to the conflict.”

    The photo shows Temple Mount in Jerusalem before the conflict, which was taken on July 12, 2013.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    It seems that for the past month, tensions have been rising again in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas due to recent terror attacks on Israeli civilians. These attacks have been different as they are carried out by "lone terrorists" and therefore are harder to thwart. One Israeli news source stated today that more Israeli’s have been killed by terror in the past month than in the past 2 years.

     

    Several weeks ago, the Temple Mount was closed due to an assassination attempt on a local Rabbi who was partitioning to allow Jews to be able to pray on the Temple Mount but it was reopened because of riots in East Jerusalem. For years, Jews have been allowed on the Temple Mount but not allowed to pray. The Muslims pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque (or Noble Sanctuary) which is on the Temple Mount.

     

    Most days I hear the sound of police helicopters flying overhead and the police have also been out in full force on the streets to help keep the peace and bring security.

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