Photo of the Week: Eid clowns in Jerusalem

Photo credit: Unknown
Date taken: October 4, 2014
Location: Jerusalem, West Bank, Palestine

A man dressed as a clown performs for Palestinians at the Aqsa Compound in occupied Jerusalem on the morning of Eid Al-Adha. It is one of two festivals celebrated by Muslims each year. Eid Al-Adha commemorates Abraham’s sacrificial killing of a lamb. The practice is repeated by Muslims all over the world, with the meat from the lamb being distributed to family, friends, and the needy.

Part of the joyous celebrations of Eid involve visiting family and friends. But Israel frequently seals checkpoints and restricts travel during Jewish holidays, and since Yom Kippur fell on the same day as Eid, thousands of Muslim Palestinian families have been forced to abandon their travel plans and, in turn, their celebrations.

The Israeli military claims to facilitate travel for Palestinians seeking to visit relatives during the holiday, but so far, random security checks, border closures, checkpoint delays, and travel permit denials have made it difficult for families to come together for Eid.

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