U.S. Condemns Palestinian Western Wall Report

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The Palestinian Authority removed a report from its website Wednesday claiming Jerusalem's Western Wall was Muslim property and had no religious significance for the Jewish people.

The move came after the five-page study drew a furious reaction from the Obama administration. The U.S. State Department called the report's claims "factually incorrect, insensitive, and highly provocative."

"We have repeatedly raised with the Palestinian Authority leadership the need to consistently combat all forms of de-legitimization of Israel, including denying historic Jewish connections to the land," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said.

Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch praised the U.S. response, adding that the PA's "foolish attempt to place an 'alternative historical narrative' to the holy site of Israel insults not only the credibility of the narrators and the esteem for history, but primarily the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East."
     
The Western Wall, located in the old city of Jerusalem, is the holiest site where Jews can pray.

The Palestinian study highlights the sensitivities surrounding Jerusalem, one of the key issues in Middle East peace negotiations.

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