Justin Timberlake shares photo of himself at Western Wall

Justin Timberlake shares photo of himself at Western Wall

JERUSALEM, May 28 (UPI) --Justin Timberlake took a religious detour before his Tel Aviv concert Tuesday night.
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Israeli Remembrance Day observed on May 4

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TEL AVIV, Israel, May 5 (UPI) -- Israel observed Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel's Wars and Victims of Terror on Sunday.
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Jordanian MPs call for end to 1994 treaty with Israel

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AMMAN, Jordan, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Jordanian members of Parliament called for the end to a peace treaty with Israel in reaction to Israel mulling sovereignty over the al-Aqsa mosque compound.
Snow in Israel: See photos of the rare snow blanketing the Middle East

Snow in Israel: See photos of the rare snow blanketing the Middle East

Dec. 15 (UPI) -- An unusual December storm across the Middle East coated the region in snow. UPI photos below capture the wonder and oddity of the weekend weather.
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Ultra-Orthodox rabbi fails to stop prayer service at Western Wall

JERUSALEM, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Up to 1,000 Jewish women worshiped at Jerusalem's Western Wall Monday despite attempts by a group led by a rabbi to block the service, officials said.

Women of the Wall issue list of demands for prayer space

JERUSALEM, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The Women of the Wall group said it would give up its right to pray in the women's part of the Western Wall in Jerusalem in exchange for an egalitarian section.
Stones thrown on Jerusalem's Temple Mount

Stones thrown on Jerusalem's Temple Mount

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Borders closed, train service suspended as Israel marks Yom Kippur

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Security guard kills Jewish man at Western Wall

JERUSALEM, June 21 (UPI) -- An Israeli security guard at the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem shot and killed a Jewish man he suspected was a Palestinian militant, police said.
Streisand criticizes treatment of Orthodox Jewish women in Israel

Streisand criticizes treatment of Orthodox Jewish women in Israel

JERUSALEM, June 18 (UPI) -- U.S. singer Barbra Streisand criticized the treatment of women in Israel's Orthodox Jewish community as she accepted an honorary doctorate in Jerusalem.

Palestinian Authority's el-Habash nixes Western Wall changes

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Israel postpones UNESCO visit to Jerusalem's Old City

JERUSALEM, May 21 (UPI) -- Israel, at the last minute, postponed the visit of a UNESCO delegation to Jerusalem's Old City, a Foreign Ministry official said.

UNESCO delegation visits Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, May 20 (UPI) -- A UNESCO delegation is visiting Jerusalem to inspect preservation work in the Old City, Israeli officials said.

Ultra-orthodox Jews harass Women of the Wall during prayer at wall

JERUSALEM, May 10 (UPI) -- Three ultra-orthodox Jewish men were arrested Friday during a protest of the Women of the Wall prayer group that was praying at the Western Wall, police said.
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Western Wall
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

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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