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Jerusalem celebrates reunification

JERUSALEM, May 8 (UPI) -- Jerusalem took on a festive mood Wednesday to mark the 46th anniversary of the reunification of the city after East Jerusalem was captured in the 1967 war.
Women praying at Jerusalem's Western Wall win court decision

Women praying at Jerusalem's Western Wall win court decision

JERUSALEM, April 25 (UPI) -- Jerusalem's "Women of the Wall" should not have been arrested for praying aloud while wearing prayer shawls at the city's Western Wall, a court ruled Thursday.

Women arrested praying at Western Wall

JERUSALEM, April 11 (UPI) -- Five women were arrested Thursday morning as they prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem for wearing prayer shawls traditionally used only by men.
Israeli women's group to defy kaddish ban

Israeli women's group to defy kaddish ban

JERUSALEM, April 4 (UPI) -- A group challenging the female role in Judaism said Thursday its members will defy a ban on women saying kaddish at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
9 women detained at Western Wall

9 women detained at Western Wall

JERUSALEM, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Israeli authorities said they detained nine women who led a prayer service at the Western Wall for "endangering public peace."
Netanyahu Israel's next prime minister

Netanyahu Israel's next prime minister

JERUSALEM, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Initial exit polls for Israel's national elections showed a disappointing win for the Likud-Beitenu Party with 31 seats in the next Knesset.

Women may get more access to Western Wall

JERUSALEM, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The head of the Jewish Agency has agreed to review rules at the Western Wall in Jerusalem that limit women's prayers.
Sarah Palin visits Western Wall

Sarah Palin visits Western Wall

JERUSALEM, March 21 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin visited the Western Wall during her two-day visit to Jerusalem that includes dinner with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Study says Western Wall is Muslim

Study says Western Wall is Muslim

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A Palestinian Authority study claims Jews have no right to the Western Wall.
Abbas offers Mideast peace proposals

Abbas offers Mideast peace proposals

RAMALLAH, West Bank, July 3 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Authority leader Saturday proposed a peace agreement with Israel, including a return to the 1967 borders and a 2.3 percent land swap.
Activist calls Emanuel 'hater of Israel'

Activist calls Emanuel 'hater of Israel'

JERUSALEM, May 27 (UPI) -- A right-wing Israeli activist called White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel a "hater of Israel" in Jerusalem Thursday.

Protesters clash in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, April 25 (UPI) -- Israeli nationalists clashed with Palestinians and police in Jerusalem Sunday as U.S. envoy George Mitchell met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Soldier stabbed in Jerusalem violence

Soldier stabbed in Jerusalem violence

JERUSALEM, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Tight security was in evidence Monday at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City as thousands of Jews gathered to attend a priestly blessing.
2,000-year-old ritual bath found in Israel

2,000-year-old ritual bath found in Israel

JERUSALEM, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A 2,000-year-old ritual bath was discovered recently inside Jerusalem's Western Wall tunnels, the Israel Antiquities Authority said.
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An Ultra-Orthodox Israeli prays at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, in the Old City of Jerusalem, December 13, 2010. U.S. special envoy George Mitchell returns to the region tonight and is expected to tell Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Obama administration wants Israel's position on the core issues, including borders. UPI/Debbie Hill
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For the Emmylou Harris/Linda Ronstadt album, see Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions.

The Western Wall (Hebrew: הכותל המערבי‎, translit.: HaKotel HaMa'aravi), Wailing Wall or Kotel (lit. Wall; Ashkenazic pronunciation: Kosel); (Arabic: حائط البراق‎, translit.: "Ḥā'iṭ Al-Burāq", translat.: "The Buraq Wall") is located in the Old City of Jerusalem at the foot of the western side of the Temple Mount. It is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple's courtyard and is one of the most sacred sites in Judaism outside of the Temple Mount itself. Just over half the wall, including its 17 courses located below street level, dates from the end of the Second Temple period, being constructed around 19 BCE by Herod the Great. The remaining layers were added from the 7th century onwards. The Western Wall refers not only to the exposed section facing a large plaza in the Jewish Quarter, but also to the sections concealed behind structures running along the whole length of the Temple Mount, such as the Little Western Wall - a 25 ft (8 m) section in the Muslim Quarter.

It has been a site for Jewish prayer and pilgrimage for centuries, the earliest source mentioning Jewish attachment to the site dating from the 4th century. From the mid-19th century onwards, attempts to purchase rights to the wall and its immediate area were made by various Jews, but none were successful. With the rise of the Zionist movement in the early 20th-century, the wall became a source of friction between the Jewish community and the Muslim religious leadership, who were worried that the wall was being used to further Jewish nationalistic claims to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem. Outbreaks of violence at the foot of the wall became commonplace and an international commission was convened in 1930 to determine the rights and claims of Muslims and Jews in connection with the wall. After the 1948 Arab-Israeli War the wall came under Jordanian control and Jews were barred from the site for 19 years until Israel captured the Old City in 1967.

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