Ferraris Make Pilgrimage to Western Wall That Doesn’t Sit Too Well on Social Media

10 cars entered and parked on the plaza, as part of the company's nationwide tour of Israel

The controversial Ferraris on the Western Wall Plaza, Nov 3, 2017
Yosef Deshet

Several Ferrari cars were displayed at the Western Wall Plaza Friday morning, drawing outraged responses on social media.

The Western Wall rabbi, Shmuel Rabinowitz, and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation allowed about 10 cars to enter the plaza and park there for a short while as part of the car company’s nationwide tour of Israel. The foundation said it didn’t charge the company anything for the privilege.

“The Western Wall is Israel’s most important site for visits among both Israelis and tourists. In this context, the carmaker, whose global management is visiting Israel and viewed the Western Wall as the climax of the visit, submitted a request to allow its representatives to visit the Western Wall Plaza for a short while, at a time when the parking lot adjacent to the plaza was available,” the foundation said in a statement.

“This was a visit, not a public relations event, and the proof is that the visitors weren’t accompanied by any media or photographers, and it was publicized on social media solely by passersby. Visits of this type have happened many times in the past. Needless to say, no payment of any kind was charged for the visit.”