JERUSALEM, Israel - A lecturer at a university in the Palestinian Authority (PA) said Jews have no historical ties to the Western Wall at the base of the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.
The Western Wall, sometimes called the Wailing Wall (HaKotel in Hebrew), is the last remaining vestige of the retaining wall that surrounded the Second Temple and one of Judaism's holiest sites.
Shamekh Alawneh, who lectures on modern history at al-Quds University, said Jews fabricated Judaism's ties to the Western Wall to persuade European Jews to immigrate to "Palestine," which is how many Palestinians refer to Israel.
"The [Jews'] goal in giving the name 'Wailing Wall' to this [Western] Wall is political...The Jewish Zionists had no choice but to invent an excuse [about Jerusalem] to spread among the Zionists or the Jews in Europe to connect to something concrete from the past about Jerusalem," Alawneh said.
"They made false claims and called the 'al-Burak Wall' the 'Wailing Wall,'" he said.
"It has no historical roots," Alawneh said during a television interview on a program entitled "Jerusalem - History and Culture."
"This is political terminology to win the hearts and the support of the Zionists in Europe so they would emigrate and come to Palestine. Nothing more," he said.
Meanwhile, the program's host spoke of the "Judaization" of Jerusalem and of Jewish plots to destroy the al-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount, Palestinian Media Watch reported.
The Palestinian Authority categorically denies Jewish ties to Israel in its government's policies, schools and mosques.
To view the interview with Alawneh, click here.
Source: Palestinian Media Watch