Escalating clashes between Israeli settlers and Palestinians in Jerusalem have been framed as a religious war by the media and right-wingers on both sides. That is understandable given the frequent assaults on Al-Aqsa mosque compound, mostly by Jewish settlers under heavy police protection. However, the clashes are described as religious in nature more by the Israelis than the Palestinians, as if to justify acts that cannot be legally or morally justified.
This is not a religious war. It is Palestinians resisting settlers who are pursuing a political agenda of changing the status quo in Jerusalem regarding holy sites, which has been in place since 1967.Raed Omari