Jerusalem and Religious Freedom
Jerusalem is a universal city sacred to the three monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The coexistence of these three narratives represents Jerusalem’s multicultural identity, which is the foundation of the stability of the city, if not the entire region. Maintaining the Holy City’s indigenous layers and multicultural identity is critical to preserving the declining pluralistic nature of the Holy Land’s many fabrics.
The U.S. Department of State’s Annual Report on International Religious Freedom documents the destabilizing impact that the construction of the separation barrier is having on its inhabitants. According to the State Department report, the barrier blocks the annual procession on Palm Sunday from Bethpage into Jerusalem in commemoration of when Jesus began his triumphant entry into Jerusalem.