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Israel - Entry To 'Kotal' Denied For Leaders Wearing crucifixes

Published on: May 1, 2008 12:13 PM
By: RTE
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Israel - The Israeli government has offered to arrange a scheduled visit by the leaders of Ireland’s four main churches to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

It follows what one Israeli cabinet minister, Isaac Herzog, called this morning’s ‘mishap’, when the delegation was turned away from Judaism’s holiest site because they were wearing crucifixes.

The action is understood to have been prompted by an intervention from a Jewish settler.

The Irish churchmen wore their crosses at last night’s national holy memorial service in the Holy City, which was attended by survivors of the 6m mostly Jewish people murdered by the Nazis, as well as by the full Israeli cabinet.

The minister also apologised for any embarrassment caused during this morning’s unscheduled attempt to visit the wall and to place a prayer for peace there.


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 May 01, 2008 at 04:41 PM Anonymous Says:

There is nothing wrong in denying church members from visiting the Kotel while wearing their crucifixes. Calling it a mishap by a Jew is what is wrong. Would our cousins, the sons of Yishmuel, (read: the Muslim caretaker of the holy sites in Jerusalem) allow that in their place? Of course not!

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 May 04, 2008 at 01:51 AM Anonymous Says:

I guess this is what our dear israeli government is all about apologetic for the whole world just to fit in, it dosnt matter if its right or wrong its not even a religious matter anymore just insane

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