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White House Raps Palestinian Position on Western Wall
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(JTA) — The Obama administration condemned a Palestinian Authority paper that denies any Jewish connection to the Western Wall.

“Regarding a claim by a senior Palestinian official of the Western Wall is an Islamic Waqf, we strongly condemn these comments and fully reject them as factually incorrect, insensitive and highly provocative," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday. "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."

Multiple Jewish groups and members of Congress have slammed the Palestinian Authority for the paper, which appeared on its website last week signed by a senior Ministry of Information official.

"We are deeply concerned that the Palestinian study dismissed a Jewish connection to the Western Wall,” said Conrad Giles and Rabbi Steve Gutow, the chairman and president, respectively, of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the national umbrella for Jewish policy groups. “We intend to share with Palestinian leaders our worry that this study could resurrect a false narrative that Jews have no connection to the land and could reignite ugly religious battles over free worship and access."

The JCPA statement comes on the eve of a JCPA tour of Israel and Palestinian areas. Gutow and Giles said they would raise the matter when they meet with Palestinian leaders, who in recent months have otherwise acknowledged Jewish connections to the land of Israel.

Other groups condemning the paper include the Orthodox Union, B'nai B'rith International, the Zionist Organization of America and J Street.


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12/01/2010 - 09:36
Israel, Obama administration, Palestine, Western Wall
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Israel must not trust Osama - oops, I mean Obama. He fooled America with YES WE CAN bytes, and is now using the same trick to create an equivalence with Arab Muslims concerning Jerusalem. Israel needs a true world leader who will restore the Balfour, cease re-dumping the name Palestinean on those hell bent for another holocaust - and never call a deathly 3-state as a 2-state. Israel cannot be accused of genocidal demands of occupation, when she has now only 12% of the land allocated her in the Balfour. No need to study rocket science what's going on here.

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