Maloney Condemns Palestinean Authority Report Denying the Historic Connection Between Jews and the Western Wall

Dec 2, 2010
Press Release
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-New York) condemned the study authored by Al-Mutawakel Taha, a senior official with the Ministry of Information in Ramallah and posted on the Palestinian Authority’s website, which denies the historical connection between the Western Wall and Judaism.  The Western Wall is traditionally known as the only remaining wall of the Second Temple, built by the Jews during the reign of King Darius circa 520 BCE, renovated by King Herod the Great in 19 BCE and destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. Ever since, unless prevented by ruling authorities, Jews have visited Jerusalem to pray at the Wall.  In his report, Taha wrote the Western wall is a "Muslim wall and an integral part of al-Aqsa mosque and Haram al-Sharif" and claimed that Jews only began worshipping at the site in 1917 at the time of the Balfour Declaration.

“The Palestinian Authority’s report is absurd on its face and is contradicted by thousands of historic documents, starting with the Bible and continuing through the Talmud and generations of contemporaneous accounts.  To deny Judaism’s traditional connection to the Western Wall, is to deny Jews’ connection to their most holy site.  It is an outrageous and appalling claim, and an affront to decency and common sense.” Maloney stated. 

“This reports appears to be an effort by the Palestinians to make the case that Jews do not have a historical connection to Jerusalem,” Maloney continued.   “I am proud that the Obama Administration quickly condemned the report in no uncertain terms, and that it has asked the Palestinian Authority to remove it from its website.  This report is harmful to the cause of peace and should be strongly repudiated.”