Palestinians Drop Claim That Western Wall Is 'Not Jewish'

PA removes from official website report claiming Jerusalem site is Islamic property and not holy to Jews.

The Palestinian government has removed a report claiming that Jerusalem's Western Wall isn't holy to Jews from an official website, after it provoked furious reaction.

The five-page report has been condemned by the U.S. and Israel as incorrect and provocative.

Western Wall on Yom Kippur AP File 2008
Ultra-Orthodox men praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Yom Kippur.AP

Palestinian officials would not comment on the report Wednesday. But its author, Al-Mutawakil Taha, a civil servant in the Information Ministry, says he stands by it.

The Western Wall is the holiest place where Jews can pray. It was a retaining wall of the compound where the biblical Temples stood 20 centuries ago. The Al-Aqsa compound, Islam's third-holiest site, is built on the ruins.

The clashing claims highlight the sensitivities surrounding Jerusalem, one of the key issues in peace negotiations.