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West Bank Marches on Night of Power

By now you may have heard that there was a Palestinian march and at least two people were shot last night on the West Bank. You may not know why this matters so much.

Let’s take a closer look at what happened and why last night was special.

Last night was the Laylatul Qadr, the “Night of Power” or “Night of Light” for Muslims. This night, toward the end of Ramadan, marks the night when the Quran was first revealed to Mohammed.

Just as the arrival of a child is celebrated, on its birth and then every year, as a bringer of joy and fullfilment for the family, Laylatul Qadr is celebrated as a bringer of light and guidance for mankind. Unlike the birthday which is celebrated with a feast for the senses, Laylatul Qadr includes a feast for the spirit, a feast of worship and prayers.”

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For this night of prayer, there was a call in the West Bank for an attempt to go to the Al Aqsa Mosque to pray:

In response, according to the Jerusalem Post:

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