Rather than harming Australia’s credibility, the decision will likely reinforce Canberra’s reputation as a middle power seeking to navigate its way in the shifting sands of Middle East politics.
Resurrection of Christ depicted in 14th-century fresco in Chora Church, Istanbul, Turkey.
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Christians have engaged in passionate debates over the meaning of the resurrection. Baptists may be distinct in that they believe an external religious authority cannot enforce views on such matters.
Palestinian residents protest evictions in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
How the Israeli authorities are using planning laws to expropriate Palestinian land in East Jerusalem.
Several celebrities have been seen wearing coats designed by Brenda Equihua, with an image of Mary displayed at the back.
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Mary has acquired popularity among celebrities of late. A religion scholar writes about how for nearly 2,000 years, the mother of Jesus has been viewed as an exemplar by different Christian groups.
Traditional Ramadan meeting place: Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, after police removed barriers.
Watching young Palestinian activists, I was impressed at how they kept their cool under pressure.
Expropriations and restrictive planning threaten Palestinian neighbourhoods of Israeli cities, including Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah in east Jerusalem
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From discriminatory land-use policies to evictions and demolitions, urban planning has long been weaponised against the Palestinian people
Palestinians gesture and wave Palestinian flags at Israelis in a Jewish community building, during renewed riots in the city of Lod on May 11.
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The fighting between Israelis and Palestinians grew quickly and ferociously after being ignited by a conflict in an Arab part of Jerusalem. Why did things go so bad so quickly?
Attempts to integrate Palestinian citizens of Israel into the Israeli state have failed. What is emerging is growing solidarity with those living in occupied territories, argues a scholar of the region.
Muslims pray at the Mihrab, a niche in a wall indicating the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca, at the Foundation Stone, located under the Dome of the Rock in the Al- Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City.
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The Masjid al-Aqsa of Jerusalem is linked in the Quran to the story of the night journey of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem and has deep religious meaning for Muslims across the world.
One of main drivers of unrest has been the conflicting claims to East Jerusalem, dating back to the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948.
Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is one of Islam’s holiest sites.
Clashes in Jerusalem have led to rocket attacks and airstrikes in Gaza.
A Nativity presentation showing the three wise men being led by the Star of Bethlehem.
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A conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn is giving rise to speculations that it is the same astronomical event as the biblical Star of Bethlehem. An expert explains why it is not.
Religious services through Zoom: A pastor conducts online services from the basement of her home in Falls Church, Virginia.
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During the pandemic, the practice of faith has moved to being a more personal one for many. A scholar of the Judeo-Christian tradition explains how tragedy often resulted in private piety.
Only a handful of tourists at the usually busy St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
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As religious sites put pilgrimages on hold, a whole industry in travel, transport and accommodation takes a hit.
COVID-19 is changing how people go on pilgrimages.
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The pandemic has inspired new forms of pilgrimages – some do-it-yourself, in which people are walking in their backyards or nearby spaces and finding meaning.
As workers make matzo for Passover, many families will not be able to get together this year.
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Some of the Passover Seder traditions are occurring through Zoom this year. A historian of the Bible explains how ancient Israelites changed the ways of their worship.
Apostle Paul and his followers collected aid, likely for early Christians.
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In the late second century, some Christian groups in Rome began directing financial aid toward people living in another city, who were going through a crisis. That act of giving has lessons for today.
In the German town Winterbach, Catholic Church services are being streamed through YouTube.
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Faith communities are changing many traditional practices to deal with coronavirus restrictions. A historian of the Bible argues how innovation has long been part of religious practice.
A Palestinian reacts to tear gas fired by Israeli forces during protests against U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast initiative in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
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The Israel-Palestine “peace” plan concocted by Donald Trump’s administration openly violates the principles of international law and, if implemented, would set a dangerous precedent.
On the same day, May 14, 2018, Palestinians protest near the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip (left) while dignitaries applaud the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem (right).
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About the only thing the Trump administration’s peace plan has going for it is the fact that no one expects it to work. And the plan’s likely failure could trigger more Israeli-Palestinian violence.