The image utilizes a rather dull yellow tone, except for the word “filastin” (Palestine) in blood red at its center, flanked by the Palestinian flag on the right, and a tri-colored map of Israel/Palestine on the left. The caption reads: “yawm al-wafa’ lil-masjid al-aqsa al-mubarak; wa-nabi‘u lil-Aqsa al-hayat, idha hum ba‘u al-dama’ir; fal-fajr ba‘da al-layl atin, yarwi al-a‘awi wal-samasir” (“Day of loyalty to the blessed Masjid al-Aqsa; we will pledge our life for al-Aqsa, as they sell their conscience; Day break after dark appears, telling the stories of the aggressors and the brokers of the land.”). The second part of the caption comes from a famous poem by Husam Ahmad.

Images of stone-throwing youth are commonly used to evoke notions of resistance to tyranny and to illustrate the asymmetric nature of the struggle with Israel. This message is further emphasized by the fact that the clash between Palestinians and the Israeli soldiers in the picture is situated in the lot bordering the Al-Aqsa mosque, which is located in Jerusalem and is recognized and revered by all Muslims, while also serving as a powerful symbol of Palestinian nationhood.

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Group Type Political Parties / Movements / Other
Dominant Colors Cream
Secondary Colors Red, Green, Black
Language Arabic
Visual or Textual Reference to Significant Recent Events
Date EntryAnalysis Entry
04/10/2005Demonstrations at the Dome of the Rock.
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Yawm al-wafa' lil-masjid al-aqsa al-mubarak; wa-nabi`u lil-Aqsa al-hayat, idha hum ba`u al-dama'ir; fal-fajr ba`da al-layl atin, yarwi al-a`awi wal-samasir
Image Number 0087
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Israel/Palestine
Geopolitical Symbols Country / Regional Map, Country Flag, Non-country Flag
Geopolitical Analysis Israel/Palestine. Palestinian flag with text of shahada.
Religious Textual References Shahada, Use of Calligraphy
Religious Textual References Analysis La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad rasul Allah.
Religious Symbols Holy Site
Religious Symbols Analysis Dome of the Rock
Topography Man-made Structure / Landmark
Topography Analysis Domed mosque and holy site.

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