Jerusalem: Competing claims over a contested city

With holy sites for each Abrahamic faith within a couple hundred metres of one another, the story of Jerusalem has long been one of competing claims and shared history.

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    For thousands of years, Jerusalem has changed hands - the subject of a continuing struggle for control.

    The stories of the three Abrahamic faiths have Jerusalem at their heart - and the history of their sometimes tolerant, often bloody relationships has soaked into its stones.

    As Christians worldwide celebrate Christmas, this latest chapter in that history has had its narrative arc shifted by the US president - its eventual resolution seeming only to slip further into the future of the holy city.

    Palestinian leaders were among those attending services in Bethlehem, where there was also a message on Jerusalem.

    Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett reports from occupied East Jerusalem.


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