Palestinians remove Western Wall 'not Jewish' claim

By Jennifer Lipman, December 2, 2010
The Western Wall

The Western Wall

A claim that the Western Wall is not of Jewish significance has been taken off a Palestinian Authority report after its inclusion prompted condemnation from the US and Israel.

The controversial statement, which runs counter to archeological evidence, had been made by Palestinian Authority Deputy Information minister Al-Mutawakil Taha. He said "this wall has never been a part of what is called the Jewish Temple.”

But a Palestinian official said the claim did not reflect their position and so it had been removed from the government’s website.

Last updated: 12:23pm, December 2 2010