Another media outlet misidentifies Judaism’s holiest site

Cross posted from CAMERA’s blog Snapshots.

The Independent is the latest media outlet to correct the false claim the Western Wall is Judaism’s holiest site.


Left: original passage. Right: Revised passage.

It follows earlier corrections at The Washington Post, Haaretz, and the BBC, among others.

Judaism’s holiest site is the Temple Mount, the site of the first and second Jewish temples which housed the Holy of Holies (the inner sanctuary where the Ark of the Covenant was located). The Western Wall, a retaining wall of the Temple Mount compound, obtained its holy status due to its proximity to the Holy of Holies.

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4 replies »

  1. Actually the Wall is just a wall. Really. It got its Holy status because of the centuries of Jews praying by it. And it’s not the “only part of the Temple that is still intact” – as is too frequently reported. It is only the most visible part. The wall extends underground and is intact on all four sides of the mount. The entire foundation of the Temple is intact, the Romans were not able to destroy and just buried it. When the Third Temple replaces what is there at present, this will all become clear!

  2. I’m not entirely sure how it helps Jews in general or Israel in particular if the reference to the Western Wall as “Judaism’s holiest site” is changed to “one of Judaism’s holiest sites”. The reader on the Clapham omnibus will assume that the other sites more holy to Judaism are elsewhere – maybe in Tel Aviv or New York, which after all are home to more Jews. At least calling the Western Wall “Judaism’s holiest site”, while not theologically accurate, correctly locates the heart of Judaism in the Old City of Jerusalem – which in a return to the 1949 cease-fire lines would be outside Israel. Do you really want the Moroccan Quarter re-instated and the Kotel barred to Jews?