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Palestinian report claims ownership of Western Wall, calls it a Muslim shrine


JERUSALEM (RNS) The Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, is actually a Muslim shrine, according to an official report published Nov. 22 by the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Information.

The document, which was written by Al-Mutawakei Tahad, a senior ministry official and respected writer, states that the Wall – long considered the sole surviving piece of the Second Jewish Temple built atop the Temple Mount more than 2,000 years ago – is actually part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, built on Haram al-Sharif, the Arabic name for the Temple Mount.

Archeologists maintain that Al-Aqsa was built atop the ruins of the Second Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. Muslims did not capture Jerusalem until 638 A.D.

The report claims that Jews have lied about the wall’s age, and that they never worshipped there prior to 1917.