Palestinian Authority Mufti Sheikh Ekrima Sabri has issued a religious
ruling forbidding Jews from touching the Western Wall.  The edict followed
the discovery of Israeli intentions to repair some stones in the Wall had
become loose.  The Moslems claim that the Wall is part of the Temple Mount,
which they claim belongs to them.  Mai Soleb, English spokesperson for
Sheikh Sabri, told Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA yesterday, "The [Western] Wall
is part of the Al Burak Wall which is part of the Al Aqsa mosque so the
Jews have no right to the place...  The whole problem is that the place
does not relate to them so whatever they do with it - putting in papers,
practicing their prayers, all these things are not things that we want..."

Feb 22, 2001 Arutz 7



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