Bab Ar-Rahmeh: The Story of the Structure and the February-March 2019 Crisis

Bab Ar-Rahmeh (literally Gate of Mercy and also known as Golden Gate) is an integral part
of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound/Al-Haram Ash-Sharif. Located on the compound’s eastern
wall, it is the oldest gate leading into the holy site, likely carved during the Umayyad era, and
one of its five closed gates.

Throughout Jerusalem’s history the gate and the building attached to it have been a focal point,
which epitomized the unrest surrounding the holy site.

This bulletin endeavors to expand upon the features of the Bab Ar-Rahmeh complex, in-
cluding a short historical review, extrapolating upon what is at stake for the holy site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound vis-à-vis Israel’s occupation and its claimed sovereignty of Jerusalem.

Finally, this bulletin will provide a Palestinian perspective of both the chronology and posi-
tions of key players in the 2019 crisis.

May 30, 2019