Jewish, Muslim holidays coincide peacefully — what a surprise

How many headlines did I see, predicting trouble, riots and mayhem today because the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, coincided with the important Muslim feast, Eid al-Adha. Basically it was a day when Jews fasted and prayed, and Muslims feasted and prayed. That’s it. Though it’s possible that Israel’s ban on most Palestinians from, the West Bank and Gaza entering Israel over the Yom Kippur holiday might have had something to do with the peace and quiet, I doubt it. I wonder about the agendas or the mindsets of those who assume that whenever Jews and Muslims are doing anything remotely together, it means trouble. I’m not saying that everything is peaceful — just that not everything is violence, either. Most people just want justice for themselves and their children. So let’s work for that, instead of looking for trouble where it doesn’t exist.

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Muslims pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem, as Jews pray at the Western Wall below. Just praying, folks. (photo-France24.com)

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