Jerusalem is one of the oldest and most contested cities in the world. It is located on a mountainous plateau between the Mediterranean and Dead Sea.
This ancient city is revered as a sacred place by Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike. It plays a central role for all three monotheistic religions and is home to various pilgrimage sites, including the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, and the Wailing Wall. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim this ancient city as their capital. This is a collection of DW's content on Jerusalem.
If you've heard Christmas bell music, then what you were hearing might have been a Carillon. A Carillon is a system of bells that are hooked up to a keyboard. Playing the keys makes the bells ring. It's a common sound in Christian countries. And as it turns out, there's also one of these in the Middle East — at Jerusalem's YMCA, in fact. It's the only one in the Middle East.
The Palestinian president has said the US decision undermined the two-state solution to its conflict with Israel. Abbas also said the Palestinians will not accept a "biased" US as the sole mediator in the peace process.
Father Nikodemus Schnabel is a German Benedictine monk who lives and works in Jerusalem. In the 15 years he’s been there, he’s witnessed clashes between Israelis and Palestinians and the results of repeated failed attempts at peace. His monastery has also been the target of attacks. His faith has been challenged frequently but he’s never given up on his mission.