Error: 3002 Source: GeoIP.asp line 56: File could not be opened. Official Palestinian Report Claims Jerusalem's Western Wall Has No Religious Significance to Jews
The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Official Palestinian Report Claims Jerusalem's Western Wall Has No Religious Significance to Jews
Jewish men pray at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's Old City. AP Photo/Kevin Frayer.

By: Diaa Hadid,Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP).- An official Palestinian report claiming that a key Jewish holy site — Jerusalem's Western Wall — has no religious significance to Jews evoked an angry response from Israelis Wednesday, threatening to further inflame tensions over the disputed city.

Decades of archaeology have shown that the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, was a retaining wall of the compound where the two biblical Jewish Temples stood 20 centuries ago. The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third-holiest site, is built atop the ruins.

The latest claim about the Temples, echoing positions taken in the past by Palestinian leaders including the late Yasser Arafat, underlined the deeply held, conflicting beliefs that must be untangled if a peace accord is to be reached between Israel and the Palestinians.

Al-Mutawakil Taha, deputy minister of information in the Western-backed Palestinian Authority that rules the West Bank, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his five-page study published on a Palestinian government website reflected the official Palestinian position.

Part of the report disputes that the Western Wall was a retaining wall of the Temple compound, discarding centuries of documentation and archaeology.

"This wall has never been a part of what is called the Jewish Temple," the report claimed. "However, it was Islamic tolerance which allowed the Jews to stand before it and cry over its loss."

The report concludes that since Jews have no claim to the area, it is holy Muslim territory and must be part of Palestinian Jerusalem.

Both sides say the clashing narratives are political. Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it. Palestinians claim east Jerusalem, including the Old City, as the capital of their future state.

"Of course it's a political position," Taha said.

Taha said he wrote the report after Israeli officials on Sunday approved a five-year renovation plan for the Western Wall area.

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

Einat Wilf, a legislator from the moderate Israeli Labor Party, a part of the governing coalition, said Palestinians "are stupidly trying again and again to somehow create an alternative reality in which the Jewish people are a strangers in this land."

After Israel seized control of east Jerusalem, it cleared away shacks built next to the Western Wall and built a wide, open plaza there.

In contrast, Israel turned over administration of the hilltop itself, with the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock shrine, to the Muslim Supreme Council, or Waqf, while Israel maintained overall security control.

Plans that won preliminary approval in earlier, failed peace negotiations envisioned dividing Jerusalem along ethnic lines — leaving Israel in control of Jewish neighborhoods while Arab sections would be part of the Palestinian state — but no formula emerged for the disputed hilltop.



Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

Jerusalem's Western Wall | Al-Mutawakil Taha | Einat Wilf |




Today's News

November 26, 2010

A Journey Through British Art from World War II to the Late Sixties at Fundació Joan Miró

Cash-Strapped Bank of Ireland Auctions Off its Art Stockpile at Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel

Dinosaur Exhibit Makes World Premiere in Ohio at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Official Palestinian Report Claims Jerusalem's Western Wall Has No Religious Significance to Jews

Sotheby's Next Annual Turkish Contemporary Art Sale To Take Place on 7 April, 2011

100-Million-Year-Old New Crocodile Species Discovered by Scientists in Thailand

Philippe Parreno's First Solo Exhibition in the UK Opens at the Serpentine Gallery

Sotheby's Reveals Full Depth and Range of Works to Be Featured in "Hurouf: The Art of the World"

New Version of Film Director Tim Burton's Exhibition at Toronto International Film Festival

Five Projects Receive 2010 Aga Khan Award; Oleg Grabar Receives Chairman's Award

First Public Exhibition at Museum Brandhorst Shows Picasso: Artist's Books

Mexico City's "El Caracol" Gallery of History Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary    

Major Private Collection to Highlight Christie's Sale of American Paintings and Sculpture

Mexico Launches "Mexican Digital Library" Including Twenty Important Codices

MacDougall's Have the Top Lot of London's "Russian Week", Early Masterpiece by Ivan Shishkin

500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets Sale Results

National Museum of the American Indian in New York to Inaugurate a Permanent, Hemispheric Survey of Native American Art

Dinosaur Die-off Cleared way for Gigantic Mammals

Bonhams Announce the Establishment of an Aboriginal Art Department Based in Sydney

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Honours Architecture's Brightest New Stars

Years Later, Mississippi Still Lacks Civil Rights Museum

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site