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Muslim, Jewish and Christian Teens From Jerusalem Visit Capitol Hill to Promote Peace

Interfaith teenagers from the Kids4Peace organization take to Washington in support of a U.S. bill to encourage peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Twenty-eight Muslim, Christian and Jewish teenagers from Jerusalem and throughout the United States took to Capitol Hill in support of a bill to encourage peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
The teens from the Kids4Peace organization were scheduled on Tuesday to visit 14 Congressional offices to show their support for HR 1489, a bill that would create an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. The bill, co-sponsored by Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), will expand grassroots people-to-people efforts to build coexistence.
The teens also will meet with the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The teens are in Washington to participate in the weeklong Global Institute, which began on July 27.
The delegation is meeting with scholars, grassroots activists and policymakers on Capitol Hill, at the State Department and the White House to encourage greater investment in interfaith cooperation and peace building, both in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and in the U.S.
They are scheduled to visit the White House on Wednesday.
Some 500 teens participate in Kids4Peace activities around the world.

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Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police




The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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