Friday, December 3, 2010

US Rejects Palestinian claim of no Jewish connection to Western Wall

And a Happy Hanukkah to you! It is nice to hear that the Obama administration called them out on this. All holy places need to be protected.
The United States...condemned claims by a senior Palestinian official that the Western Wall of Jerusalem's Temple Mount holds no significance for Jews.
Al-Mutawakil Taha, the Palestinian Authority' deputy minister of information, had said Wednesday that the wall, regarded as Judaism's holiest site, was part of an Islamic waqf, or religious endowment, and that only "Islamic tolerance" allowed Jews to pray there.
Western Wall - Emil Salman - 2009
Jews praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, December 25, 2009
Photo by: Emil Salman

"We strongly condemn these comments and fully reject them as factually incorrect, insensitive and highly provocative," a U.S. State Department spokesman said.His claims drew immediate anger in Israel, which on Tuesday was echoed by the U.S.
"We have repeatedly raised with the Palestinian Authority leadership the need to consistently combat all forms of de-legitimization of Israel including denying historic Jewish connections to the land."
via Haaretz.


Nickie Goomba said...

Obama must be feeling the heat.

LL said...

And the Muslims wonder why there is always tension.

Teresa said...

Muslims are the cause of tension, plain and simple. When you remove Muslims from the equation what do you have? peace.

WoFat said...

The Muslims don't care "why" there is tension. They think they're right and will dash off to see god when they die, no matter what they do.

Just a conservative girl said...

Well, they need to tell this to Helen Thomas. She is at it again saying things about the Jews and Zionists.

I understand being proud of her heritage, but the denial of the facts just make her look like an idiot.

One must ask themselves where is all the tolerance that they preach, yet have no intention of practing?

Happy Hannukah.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Does this mean that this administration gets something right once in awhile?

Z said...

Happy Hannukah, dear Opus!
that wall is ISRAEL'S...hey, Obama got one RIGHT? ;-)

Trestin said...

Like a stopped clock, Woodster. I wonder if this is being used as some kind of leverage in dealing with Israel?

Always On Watch said...

It is nice to hear that the Obama administration called them out on this. All holy places need to be protected.

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

Maggie Thornton said...

I'm shocked. That's excellent news. Did they say how many more settlements they want Israel to bulldoze?