Photo Credit: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation
UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid is the first senior British minister to visit the Western Wall in 19 years, on July 1, 2019

Great Britain Home Secretary Sajid Javid visited the Western Wall on Monday (July 1) as part of his visit to Israel.

The morning visit by Britain’s Home Secretary followed a 19-year period in which no senior minister of the British government had visited Jerusalem or the Western Wall.

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The Home Secretary was greeted by the Director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, Mordechai (Suli) Eliav, who told Javid about the history of the site and its importance as a focus of Jewish yearning throughout the generations.

The Home Secretary, who comes from a Muslim family, explained that his father believed deeply in the connection between Jews and Muslims, and said that his brother visited the Western Wall as a child. He also said that his father and entire family were very excited about the pictures from Israel.

The Home Secretary added that one could sense the spiritual power of the site and that he is amazed that the Western Wall is open 24/7 throughout the entire year. He also voiced interest in the pictures of mass events and in the millions of visitors who come to the Western Wall on Jewish holidays.

The Rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, greeted the minister and recited with him Chapter 121 of Psalms as the Home Secretary placed a note between the stones of the Western Wall.

The Rabbi said to the Home Secretary, “Your visit here is evidence that it is possible for Jews and Muslims to live together in this small place without harming one another.”

The Home Secretary concluded with parting words and said, “We love Jewish heritage very much and appreciate it.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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