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Senior PA Minister Says Jews Must Be Banned from Western Wall

Perhaps John Kerry will suggest Israel make a “goodwill” concession and ban Jews from praying at the Western Wall.

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Jews can kiss the Western Wall goodbye if the Palestinian Authority becomes a sovereign state.

Jews can kiss the Western Wall goodbye if the Palestinian Authority becomes a sovereign state.
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Senior Palestinian Authority ministers and clerics have hardened their positions on the Western Wall, which they call the Muslim Al-Burqa wall, and are making it clear that Jews would not be allowed there under a Palestinian state.

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) once again has translated and published official Palestinian Authority hatred of Jews and denial of a Jewish connection to Jerusalem.

Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash and the former Chief Justice of the PA’s Religious Court both recently declared that the PA’s Islamic belief and political position is that Jews are prohibited from praying at the Western Wall of the Temple Mount.

The PA claims that the area of the Muslim holy site, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, includes not only the mosque itself, but extends over the entire Temple Mount and includes the Western Wall.

PMW has found a statement made in an Arab-language newspaper by  Sheikh Tayseer Al-Tamimi, former Chief Justice of the PA’s Religious Court, who said, “The Al-Aqsa Mosque includes all its courtyards, foundations, skies, gates, domes, walls, and specifically, its western wall (Al-Buraq Wall), [parentheses in source], which is, after all, a part of it…”

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, quoted on official Palestinian Authority television late last year, said, “Jerusalem is religion’s trust and history’s trust in the hands of all Muslims, in the hands of this Ummah (Islamic Nation)… The Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) is an authentic part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque only.”

To use an expression repeated often by former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, a trained ape could see the obvious pattern developed by the Palestinian Authority.

When it says it wants to create a future state on the Temporary Armistice Lines declared in 1949, it means more than that. It wants to duplicate Jordan’s policy at the time of barring Jews from the Western Wall and any other holy sites throughout Judea and Samaria.

Sheikh, Al-Tamimi, the former Chief Justice of PA Religious Court, stated in the Al-Hayyat Al-Jadida newspaper in February, “Allah decreed that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is Islamic and belongs to Muslims alone… It is part of the religious belief of a billion and a half Muslims, and the Jews have no right to it. No party, no matter how much power and international support it has, can change this established fact by giving the Jews any right to it, or the right to pray in any part of it. The Al-Aqsa Mosque includes all its courtyards… and specifically, its western wall.”

Al-Habbash, the Minister of Religious Affairs, pointed out that no one, God forbid, should think that he would keep Jews from visiting holy sites. “Freedom of worship in our Jerusalem is guaranteed to all,” but then he added the clincher that “nonetheless, we have rights, principles and positions that cannot possibly be altered.”

He would not harm the rights of others, and the good Muslim cleric is so learned he knows what sites are Jewish. Since the Western Wall is not one of them, there is no reason for Jews to be allowed to desecrate the Wall by even coming near it.

In any future Palestinian Authority state established according to the wishes of Mahmoud Abbas, Kerry, with his brilliant diplomatic skills, could broker a deal by which Jews would be allowed to pray at a replica of the Western Wall to be built outside the State Dept.

Below is a video of Abbas, as far back as three years ago, categorically stating to the Arab League that Muslims must “save” Jerusalem from the Jews.

Isn’t funny that no one says the Jews must save Jerusalem from the Muslims?

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

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  1. All Philastines must die now.Build new third temple today.

  2. No way God will not let that happen .

  3. To hell with the PA Minister!

  4. Ken Figa says:

    Time to clean house and put an end to this bs!

  5. John Kerry the us in the USA look bad I support Israel 100 %

  6. Deana Dodge says:

    I don’t think so …

  7. pa has no authority in israel

  8. Is this for real? No Jews praying at the Western Wll would be a ‘goodwill’ gesture for peace? Get real!

  9. April`s Fool’s is still a few days ahead folks, stop posting prank spoilers!

  10. Regardless of who is in the driver’s seat in the US, Israel must be ‘run’ by Israelis. If some one else ‘controls’ Israel it is at its own peril ALWAYS.And the PA needs to learn that no country will save them from their attacks against Israel. Tear them a new one.

  11. Screw the PA….Jews go to the Wall…

  12. Philastines must leave

  13. Now their have gone to far…it’s time to put your foot down…next their be asking Jews to leave the holy land ! If you don’t stand your ground their will try and dictate the rules to you Jews…take a stand now !

  14. Paul W. Howe says:

    Ban them from the temple mount… its your country…

  15. He must have bumped his head…..

  16. Noooooooo !!!! Don’t do it,,

  17. Jean Kinney says:


  18. Alan Saul says:

    Anybody who wishes to pray there should have that right

  19. Diane Brown says:

    No, ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! I’ve been to the wall, it’s beautiful to see Gods ppl. praying there..and sticking the paper notes in the cracks…I’m was answered by god…NO again do not be pushed around by the PA, you Jewish communities build the 3rd temple..

  20. No Way !
    But than again if it is on agenda, let’s follow …..

  21. Its almost funny ,Ann Cohen !

  22. History shows Jerusalem belongs to Isreal…It always has and always ..no matter what the illigetimate PLO or any one else says…HISTORY PROCLAIMS IT.

  23. The Israely people are God’s chosen people. Anyone who blesses Israel will be blessed and anyone who curses Israel will be cursed . If anyone tries to stop Israel from going to the wall to pray they will find them selves up against God

  24. Don’t but thoughts in their heads,,they are rotten enough without any help.

  25. Yep….good luck with that

  26. John Kerry can kiss my ass

  27. We’ll go ahead and try to stop God’s people from praying at the wall and see what will happened????



  30. Jerry Bowers says:


  31. I think it’s time to rebuild the new Beith Hammikdash to show to the whole worldwide to whom belongs Jerusalem

  32. Barry Gerson says:

    When has Israel ever benefited from negotiations with the PA? Never!

  33. f… off camel humpers

  34. Perhaps you shouldn’t speculate on what the U.S. is going to suggest because it sounds like an anti-Obama bias much like what the right-wing, racist, homophobic, anti-Semite, and Fascist led (Aryan) Tea Party promotes. The U.S. contributes how many billions to Israel? The problem the U.S. has is in thinking there’s a real solution to the Palestinian issue.

  35. Take back the Gaza strip

  36. Why ,,???it’s their Land

  37. Didn’t we develop Drones to take care of people like this? Oh, that’s right. They decided to use them on Americans instead…

  38. This is completely ridiculous to say the least !


  40. Neavei Isaac says:

    That’s like banning the Americn President from going into The Whitehouse.

  41. Hank Lukas says:

    PA should live so long that Jews be banned from the Western Wall. Screw the arms and John Kerry.

  42. Hank Lukas says:

    Even Pope John Paul the 2 was at the Western wall and put a pray in the wall.

  43. They had better have the land owner show up with title deed see I Chronicles 21:21-26 the son of David, a practical need for Messiah, Go Figure!!! Now that is Jewish if I have ever seen it.

  44. Neavei Isaac says:

    When Jordan turns against Israel again, there will be no further point in continuing to allow Palestinians (Jordanians), to occupy the Temple Mount.

  45. Ruth Estes says:

    John Kerry needs to watch a his mouth. Our leaders need to leave Israel alone. Every time obama says or does something against Israel something.bad happens .

  46. and kerry can roast in hell along with the palestinians demanding any harm or infringement on Israel

  47. Israel will never give up the Western Wall. Israel only has the Kotel Wall to pray on as the remaining wall from the Holy 2nd Temple. It is a violation that the Dome of the Rock is on the sacred site. Israel will not bend to other countries/people trying to make her capitulate to the Muslim tyranny. God Bless Israel and protect her from the terror and muslim world who seeks to destroy Hashem’s sacred Holy Land promised only to the Nation of Israel!

  48. my spirit burns hearing this insanity…as my love for Israel grows hotter…its in these times that we should always remember Israel in our prayers; The Prime Minister, The IDF and the poeple. God is with you Israel, never fear, be strong and be very Courageous!

  49. Marci Iglow says:

    temple mount was there first and destroyed how many thimes. lets keep all of Jerusalem under Israeli rule that way it can remain open to all religions..

  50. Paul W. Howe says:

    If a neighbour is shouting i will kill u despite all good u have done. What would u do. .

  51. of course! how silly of us!

  52. If it happens, it’ll mean the end of the mosque. You can’t control how the hasidim, or even the rest of Israel would react. It would be bloody.

  53. Kick palestinians ot of Isrsael. They are the outsiders. No more concessions.

  54. Nope, Not happening. John Kerry and the PA are not dealing with reality

  55. Man , Kerry is just insane with such a horse assed suggestion

  56. I think they should pack enough C4 into that Muslim dome of devil worship and clear the temple mount so the next temple can be built.

  57. Norma Jones says:

    John needs to stay out of people business .God Bless Israel

  58. traitor kerry is definatly against the jews the palinstinian should be banned.

  59. PA,how about fast tracking to your final destination.

  60. Why? It will just be destroyed. The time is not right.

  61. Joe Ritchie says:

    The Western Wall was built by the Jews.

  62. When hell freezes over

  63. It’s antisemetic to ban the Jews from the Western Wall it may cause a violente riot.

  64. PA ministers say many things

  65. Clo Clo says:

    Ha! What a joke!!!

  66. Time to cleanse the Temple Mount. Reconstruct our Temple now.

  67. how about making concession, we will leave the wall if you leave the mount

  68. Avi Rosen says:

    I will never allow any Jews to be banned from the Kotel!

  69. Lisa Anglin says:

    He makes that suggestion and I’ll be one of the first seeking a visa to Israel so I can join the IDF! Am Y’srael Chaim!

  70. The State of Israel must rebuild the Temple of God, because it is written in the Torah, in Exodus 25:8, that God commanded Israel to make for Him a sanctuary.
    The State of Israel must forbid the practice of Islam in the Land of Israel, because it is written in the Torah, in Exodus 22:19, that God commanded that, if a human being sacrifices to other god, he be condemned to death, and the Muslims sacrifice to other god, because their god, in the Quran, said words that contradict the words that the true God had said before, that are written in the Tanakh. For example: In the Quran, the false prophet Muhammad said that his false god said that the holy day is the sixth day of the week (Quran 62:9), when the true God had said before, in Exodus 20:8-11, that the holy day is the seventh day of the week.

  71. Kerry can stick it when the sun doesn’t shine. I stand with Israel.

  72. you cannot kick them out Jerusalem belongs to the jews .

  73. Don’t suggest anything he hasn’t already thought off!

  74. Don’t suggest anything he hasn’t already thought off!

  75. Don’t suggest anything he hasn’t already thought off!

  76. Heidi Vainio says:

    My heart breaks…l am a canadian..born in finland…a lover of God..and a lover of the apple of His eye♡♡♡

  77. i pray god stops this ban, israel belongs to the jews

  78. Oh, no, what is he thinking?

  79. Oh, no, what is he thinking?

  80. No peace with these barbarian Palestinians

  81. No peace with these barbarian Palestinians

  82. No peace with these barbarian Palestinians

  83. and my cat just gave birth to an elephant!

  84. Anie who is agent ISRAEL and the JEWIS is going to live forever on the lake of fire whit the devil and his fallowers

  85. john kerry is a monster of an embarrassment.How does he look at himself in the mirror?

  86. Brenda Rom says:

    Gay MIT de kop in dred you stik drek

  87. Robbie Goldstein says:

    We JEWS already KNOW whose wall it is. We need no one to tell us- and Jesus has nothing to do with it. There are no gods before HaShem.

  88. Sec.Kerry tells Jews that they must give up the Western Wall for peace. Kerry is said to have one vote in Israel to back his proposal.

  89. Jim Jonas says:

    Don’t think so. Supporting Israel means don’t ask a Jew to stop praying at the Western Wall.

  90. John Newman says:

    They cannot be serious!

  91. Larisa Silbert says:

    You notice that we don't troll Christian websites telling you that your religion is wrong, Coralee, because we respect your right to have beliefs that are different from ours. Perhaps you should take that as a sign to not do it to other people? Just a thought.

  92. When Pigs FLY 3:) 3:) 3:)

  93. You noticed the USA has a natural disaster every time with in a month. Ruth. Estes Might be this Yellow Stone everyone is talking about. If this volcano erupts isn’t going to be a good thing.

  94. There is no reason that Israel should give back land that their people bled and died for. After all it was the Arabs that attacked Israel first in 1948 and lost and every time since then when they have fought Israel the Arabs have lost land and the war they just need to except the fact they have lost territory and cannot intimidate into giving it back.

  95. Billions of people drowned together with their lands and their animals long ago hence oil is a product from living things.Am i wrong to kick it off using my own formula?. In history middle east has lots of scriptures that mankind sinned to God then they were washed by floods while other drowned together with their lands.Even in Africa and Abeshia something happened and it is why i call upon carbon tax for our God has smelled their poison hence brought to us Hurricanes etc.I am not ashamed to collect this carbon tax and slave some of them who don’t pay tax to work for me because they brought a disease that was inherited unlike farms so that i can harvest much for health.It is time to act.

  96. Tena Britton says:

    Be strong an of good courage,fear not,nor be afraid of them;for the LORD thy GOD,he it is that goes with you;he will not fail you,nor forsake you! (You are his ppl,that is your mount,stand your ground!)

  97. Tena Britton says:

    Be strong an of good courage,fear not,nor be afraid of them;for the LORD thy GOD,he it is that goes with you;he will not fail you,nor forsake you! (You are his ppl,that is your mount,stand your ground!)

  98. This must and never will happen. The whole mount is Jewish.

  99. This must and never will happen. The whole mount is Jewish.

  100. Lithin Panz says:

    Then, Muslims must be banned from Israel !! as it is a Jewish Country !!

  101. Lithin Panz says:

    Then, Muslims must be banned from Israel !! as it is a Jewish Country !!

  102. Rosanna, it actually hasn’t been “both sides” that way at all.

    Israel has extended the hand of friendship and peace to the so-called “Palestinians” (who stole even their made-up name from the Jews…long story)–

    Israel has made every attempt to include them, welcome them, help them, be kind and understanding to them. Has gone way above and beyond even that. And every attempt at peace has been met with violence from the “Palestinians” against all Jews–women, school children, people sleeping in their beds. The situation is completely ONE SIDED. That isn’t how the biased American media present it; but that’s how it is.

  103. Rick S. Geiger says:

    Some of this problem is the responsibility of the Israeli government. Bibi should immediately demand an apology from the PLO/PA and tell Kerry that negotiations are suspended unless the PLO/PA renounce this in Arabic on Arabic television as well as in public in the Israeli media. By not doing this, the Israeli government perpetuates this charade of negotiations with racist Jew haters and bigots.

  104. these people are all nuts kerry & pa

  105. I cannot see anyone in the Israeli government agreeing to THIS?

  106. Mannie Maron says:

    How can you take these people seriously?

  107. Carl W Asher says:

    God bless lsrael I

  108. Run Guo says:

    We christian believe the G>D of Israel is the G>D, who you called HaShem, Jesus is not the G.D, but he is the messiah you been waiting for. unfortunately he was not up to your expectation. In due time HaShem will show you.

    Israel is G.D special choosen land to the offspring of Jacob, therefore whenever Israel govt give away G>D's gift to Israel, to anyone else, G>D get upset. Gaza is the best example. we christian loves Israel, lets not fight each other, but fight your real enemy.

  109. Run Guo says:

    negociate only with negociators, NOT with robbers and extortioners.

  110. Don’t do that..you people are going to far … Isreal belong to the Yewish people

  111. Larisa Silbert says:

    Run Guo Agreed, and we know what Christians believe of course, but I think both Jews and Christians need to respect that we both believe different things sometimes, instead of saying things in a factual way like "Jesus is coming!" which is basically saying "your beliefs are wrong!"

    It's an issue of mutual respect, and of course I certainly defend your right to believe what you do 🙂

  112. Ken Gesser says:


  113. I guess Israel will be a good place to live if the jews go out from there. Not.

  114. Joseph Grino says:

    We detest all the enemies of Israel and all who side with the enemies of Israel. God gave the promised land to Abraham and Israel as a perpetual inheritance and chose Israel as a people peculiar for himself(God).

  115. Why not just ban us for living-all Palestinians are relay just jordainians

  116. John Kerry (and Obama) have the influence of a knat. (definition: a bug that bites a lot and sometimes swims)

  117. Anonymous says:

    The world didn't think that Hitler was serious. We all know the result..

  118. Fullu Caplan says:

    What has been stolen by the Arabs, will be returned to the rightful owner, the Jewish People. The robbery and jealousy will not help the Arabs. They cannot have what The God of Israel gave to the Jewish people.

  119. The time has come to assert Jewish sovereignty over Har Habayit. Ban the Arabs from the site! At best, build an alternate access for a few of them to their Al Aqsa mosque – with an approach fromthe southern end.

  120. no freedom of religion to those who would deny it to others. Muslims stay out!

  121. All I can say is as stated above "inappropriate language" to the lot of them

  122. Al Aqsa mosque is nothing but a toilet of evil, it's time to flush the whole lot…allowing the evil ones to perch on the foundation stones of our Temple and throw rocks and do every vile thing to Jews, their protectors…goes beyond sad and annoying. Israel has been struck with a great plague, islam…it must go as must these infidels of evil submission. "They Must Go!"

  123. Who on earth do they think they are? The Western Wall, is part of Israel history, and religion. They should keep to their own things then. Israel, worshippers of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, go ahead and pray!

  124. Chesed Yocheved Avraham says:

    the world of Islam dont recognize any one else but themself only.and for us to be expell from the kotel to prsy by a replca out side of zjerusalem, this time to react, pray and maintain your Torah studies and defend your rights always

  125. Marci Iglow says:

    Run Guo ·Jesus is NOT our Mesiah. We believe in an age of peace not person.

  126. Hesh Meister says:

    For this reason alone, all negotiations should be permanently halted, all pretense to a processed "peace" be scrapped, the Waqf disbanded and its members exiled to Jordan or beyond, the buildings occupying the FIRST holiest site in Judaism demolished and the rubble dumped in the desert (we don't need to do them any favors and ship the pieces to Mecca; all goodwill has been forfeited), the PA abolished, and Israeli sovereignty established FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA once and for all. ENOUGH WITH THE CHARADES.


  128. This is the latest in the dance …. there will not be peace with the so called palestinians in our life time! One can't make peace with those that only your destruction. Get real!!!

  129. You mean a "gnat?"

  130. Andrzej Lozowski, If we deny Muslims access, we're being just as bad. So, no, they'll have access too, but they won't *control access for everybody else.

  131. not an inspiration to make a peace deal.

  132. not if you are still in your mind,and sensible enough.

  133. Katherine DiBella says:


  134. What would King Solomon do? Remember the story of two women claiming one baby? He was able to determine the real mother, by suggesting the baby be cut in half. Of course, this is not between two persons, but between to countries vying for the same land. The reasons stem back to Biblical times, and the competition between two brothers. It is a battle over heritage. So the battle that is being fought is not of this day and age. And this needs to be recognized in dealing with each side. Kerry is trying to promote peace with a people that doesn't want peace, there goal/intention is pushing Israel into the sea..and this has remained consistent over all of these years. They have made that very plain. With all of the hoopla being done, in the guise of cooperation and possibilities, their underlying aim remains the same. They cannot accept the idea of sharing, no matter which way it is suggested. This peace treaty is a waste of time, money and words. It is, ……tell them anything they want to hear, but we'll do it our way in the end. After Israel, who's next? They have to want peace, to live peacefully. After they conquer the world, certainly they will live humdrum peaceful lives. But, it's possible, then they will pick on each other. Oppps, they are doing that already!

  135. Alex Shapiro says:

    Do not take infidels as allies (friends, helpers), unless you do it as a trick. (Peace process in the Middle East? Yeah, right!)

    Literal translation: “Let not believers take disbelievers as allies rather than believers. And whoever of you does that has nothing with Allah, except when taking precaution against them in prudence.” [Quran, Surah 3:28]

  136. How many times do we have to be knocked in the head ? The Muslim's want us dead – all of us ! Hey, turn on your hearing aides.

  137. Robbie Goldstein says:

    Run Guo , It was because he did NOT meet the criteria HaShem gave to us. HaShem has already showed us- 3,325 years ago.

  138. that will be an outrage that will have as a consequence that ALL Jews around the world will unite and defend the KOTEL with our lives if necessary…Jabotinsky and Date Leumi are so right…what G-d gave us is not for sale, negotiation, exchange or whatever…

  139. throw them out. deconstruct the mosque. rebuild the temple.

  140. Plagurized islamic notions as usual from the liar mohammed and his false one allah…"They Must Go!"

  141. Alex Shapiro says:

    Actually, the Israeli left might go along with that. Since they hate religion and Judaism, they might say, "So what? Peace is more important!"
    This is the sad reality in Israel these days.

  142. Benjamin Fox says:

    Tell the Nazi Islamist, over his dead body and over the will of the real God over his little god.

  143. I want to know if the Muslims and/or Islam are the "bad boys" survivors from Sodoma and Gomorrah???.

  144. Lloyd Bergner says:

    Har Habeit shelanu l'olam v'aed (The Temple Mount is ours forever)

  145. Drora Bat Melech says:

    This is not an Utopian plan.. Yehuda Glick who is the nicest person around.. is banned from ascending Temple mount… his crime? being a Jew.
    So now Temple Mount is on the chopping block…
    Enough is Enough is …Enough!

  146. Janice Amrani I did specify (in the comment higher up) that I would build a ramp for them on a southern side of Har Habayit with an access to the Al Aqsa Mosque. Nobody should be allowed around the "Dome of the Rock" No Muslims, no Jews, nobody. But no, we are not just as bad, if we deny them access to Har Habayit altogether. To be as bad we'd have to commit countless number of atrocities… and call upon all the nonbelievers to be killed – which is not a credo of Judaism. In fact, what distinguishes Judaism from most (all?) religions, is that one need not be Jewish to have a "helek of olam habo" salvation – if you wish.

  147. Andrzej Lozowski, Of course, to be as bad we'd have to commit all those atrocities, but that's not what I meant. I meant that we'd be just as bad in this one particular way: denying religious freedom to others. In any case, how do I access "comments higher up?" I didn't see the comment that you mentioned.

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