Jews praying at Kotel 1917 black and white 370.
(photo credit: Library of Congress)
The British government of Palestine wrote in 1930 that “on the 15th August,
1929, some hundreds of young Jews organised a demonstration at the Wailing Wall,
in the course of which the Zionist flag was raised and the Zionist anthem sung.
Incensed by this, the Muslims held a counter-demonstration at the same spot on
the following day.” The Muslims then “tore up a Torah scroll and burned Jewish
religious documents.”In early May of this year, MK Rabbi Dov Lipman
noted in a discussion in the Knesset that “it is very interesting, relating to
the Kotel, that in our history we see old photos of women and men praying
together. It isn’t an Orthodox synagogue, it is a place we all value and does
not have the Halacha of a synagogue.”