Jerusalem Old City / Kotel (Western Wall) / Temple Mount

At the Kotel HaKatan (Little Kotel)

Photo: Miriam Woelke


The alleyway leading to the Little Kotel (Kotel HaKatan). The area is part of today’s Muslim (Arab) Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem. As soon as you see a building with an Israeli flag in the Muslim Quarter, you know that the building belongs to Jews. Here, the flag identifies another Jewish building where there are offices and dormitories of Yeshivat Ateret Cohanim.


Photo: Miriam Woelke


Photo: Miriam Woelke


Photo: Miriam Woelke


Photo: Miriam Woelke
The green door is leading straight onto the Temple Mount. Onto the Azarah, to be precise. When the door is open, only Muslims are allowed to enter. 
I took the photo last week when the door was closed due to security issues, as Palestinians are frequently rioting on the Temple Mount. 
The Temple Mount doesn’t appear to be so holy for Muslims. Every time I go to the Kotel HaKatan and pass the green door when it is open, I see Palestinian children playing soccer. Furthermore, the Temple Mount is full of garbage. Muslims dispose old plastic bags and empty plastic bottles. 


Photo: Miriam Woelke
At the Little Kotel (Kotel HaKatan)
Photo: Miriam Woelke


Photo: Miriam Woelke


Photo: Miriam Woelke
Palestinian apartments right next to the Little Kotel.

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