Just Journalism Media Analyst Chris Dyszyński discusses The Guardian's recent coverage of the religious significance of the Temple Mount for The Commentator.
Thursday 26 August 2010
Jerusalem, as any bog-standard tourist guide will tell you, is revered as holy by adherents of three major faiths - Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Visitors to Israel's capital are often struck by the sheer religiosity of the place, with the city looming so large in the collective consciousness that some people even come down with 'Jerusalem Syndrome' (note: a recognised medical condition) and believe themselves to be the reincarnation of some Biblical figure or other.
Despite their often fraught history, relations between the three religions remain civil, helped by a laissez-faire climate where the various institutions are free to administer to their respective flocks, uniting only to issue collective denunciations of whichever gay pride event is being planned for that year.
Given both the importance of the city and the necessity for maintaining calm, you can understand why The Guardian's Jerusalem Correspondent, Harriet Sherwood, would report on the frightening prospect of a bull holding a mass rally in the china shop.