Pieter du Toit | The Forever War: A call to prayer, tolling church bells and an intractable conflict

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Beneath the Al-Aqsa mosque, or the Dome if the Rock, in Jerusalem. The gate to the Wailing Wall is to the left on this picture. PIETER DU TOIT.
Beneath the Al-Aqsa mosque, or the Dome if the Rock, in Jerusalem. The gate to the Wailing Wall is to the left on this picture. PIETER DU TOIT.

The confluence of three of the world's great religions in the heart of Jerusalem, each with a claim to the city and the land, convinced Pieter du Toit that the ancient conflict in Israel and Palestine is intractable.

It was an eerie feeling, listening to the evening call to prayer ringing out from the ancient minarets which surround the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the heart of Jerusalem, while bells from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre tolled at the same time. 

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