Jerusalem Marathon To Be Rerouted Through Al-Aqsa Mosque

Jerusalem Marathon

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Following a recent court ruling in which police must allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, the organizers of the annual Jerusalem Marathon have jumped on this opportunity and rerouted this year’s event to pass through the Old City’s most famous sites including The Wailing Wall, The Church Of The Holy Sepulchre, and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

When asked if there may be concerns of cultural sensitivities with the March 13th event’s new route, the organizers stated, “The Jewish and Christian community leaders didn’t seem to mind 30,000+ participants representing 60 countries running through their holiest sites, so we figured the Muslim community would be on board with it as well. We didn’t bother asking.”

“We will remain as respectful as possible to the holiness of these places. Participants will be asked to remove their shoes in the mosque, wear a kippah at the Wailing Wall and runners will be doused with holy water at the church.”

The Jerusalem Municipality has approved the new routing and says this is a great way to increase tourism and for participants from all over the world to see the great historic sites of Jerusalem. They expect to see no issues with it whatsoever.

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