John H. Thomas is the general minister and president of the United Church of Christ. He recently completed a trip to the Holy Land and penned his reflections about Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.
As is often the case, [Muslim] men under the age of forty-five were not permitted to pray [at the mosque] on this Friday, denied access to holy places that would be unthinkable for Christian and Jewish residents and pilgrims in Jerusalem. Apparently only Muslims are security risks in the Holy City.
Given the pesky troubles Israel has had with Christian, Jewish, and pilgrim suicide bombers, it does seem unfair.