Arab youth infiltrates Western Wall, declares Muslim sovereignty over Jewish holy site
SHOCK PHOTO: ARAB POSES AT JEWISH HOLY SITE TO ASSERT MUSLIM SOVEREIGNTY. PA DOCUMENTARY PLEDGES HOMES TO BE BUILT ON WESTERN WALL PLAZA
Dozens of news agencies this past week featured breathless headlines on a fairly routine Israeli government approval of a few much needed housing projects. While the network talking heads pontificated on this mundane revelation not one news outlet reported on a provocative plan announced by the Palestinian authority. The Plan, highlighted in a 2010 official Palestinian television news documentary calls for the construction of a new Arab neighborhood directly on the Western Wall plaza.
Prior to the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem in 1967, The Western Wall abutted a narrow alleyway. Pre-1948, Jews vied for space with local Muslims who would parade their donkeys and livestock through the small prayer area. Local Arabs strictly restricted Jewish access to the Wall, forbidding the blowing of the Shofar or even the placement of a temporary mechitza. No Jewish access to the wall was permitted between the years 1948 and 1967.
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reports that last week PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ official Presidential Guard Facebook page posted a photo of the Western Wall with a Palestinian flag superimposed on it. The photo features the shocking image of an Arab youth using the sacred Jewish site as a platform for political theater. Wearing the garb of Muslim rejectionism the youth flashed a V sign symbolizing the destruction of Israel.
“The Palestinian Authority rejects that the Western Wall, the remnant of the Temple Mount destroyed by Rome in the year 70 CE, is a Jewish holy site, and claims it as an exclusively Islamic holy site. A documentary broadcast twice on PA TV declared that the PA plans to destroy the Western Wall Plaza, Judaism’s holiest place of prayer used by millions of Jews, and build residential homes there instead. The PA TV documentary stated that Jews praying at the Western Wall were “sin and filth.” Read the rest at Palestinian Media Watch.
- PA Denies Jewish Rights to Western Wall (Arutz Sheva)
- Abbas’ Facebook Page Puts Palestinian Flag on Western Wall (algemeiner.com)