Saturday, September 20, 2008

hoping to be allowed to pray in al-Aqsa

This picture was on the BBC this morning.
West Bank Palestinians wait to be granted access through the Israeli checkpoint at Kalandia so they can attend Friday prayers in the al-Aqsa mosque in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem(Photograph: Kevin Frayer/AP)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/08/middle_east_enl_1221839171/html/1.stm

6 comments:

strangerinthisdunya said...

Assalaamu alaikum,

Were they allowed to pray in Al-Aqsa??

alajnabiya said...

Women 45 or over are allowed to pass through the checkpoint (Kalandia is a big checkpoint near me) on Fridays for Jummah. Men have to be 50 or older. Oh, and they also have to be married. Women 35-44 who are married might also get a permit in advance to go, but that has to be applied for in advance.

Susie of Arabia said...

Is it my imagination, or do the Israeli soldiers actually appear to be taking pleasure in this mess, denying people to pray? It's as if whatever they can do to make the Palestinians lives more miserable, they do it. Sick.

alajnabiya said...

I noticed the smile on the soldier's face too. In all honesty, he may have just smiled because someone was pointing a camera at him. Most of the young soldiers usually look bored and like they would rather be anywhere else.

L_Oman said...

Everytime I see your pictures, the following happens: I either get goosebumps or big tears sit right on the tip of my eyelashes....
:(

alajnabiya said...

I loved how the photographer got the "I'm not a terrorist" graffiti in the background. It's clearer in the large size.