Jews pray at the Western Wall (archive)
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Palestinian official: Western Wall not Jewish

Archaeology roped in to political ends as Palestinian study counters Jewish claims to what is widely thought to be remnant of biblical Temple compound

A senior Palestinian official has issued a report saying the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem has no religious significance to Jews. The contention could further inflame tensions over the disputed city.


Archaeology has shown that the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, is a remnant of the biblical Temple compound.


The five-page Palestinian study states that the Western Wall has no link to Judaism. He says it is holy Muslim property.


Al-Mutawakil Taha, deputy Palestinian information minister, said Wednesday that the document is the official position of the Palestinian Authority.


Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev described the report as incitement by denying a historic Jewish connection to Jerusalem.



פרסום ראשון: 11.24.10, 17:56
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