US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Monday took part in a Jewish religious ritual conducted at the Al-Buraq Wall (referred to by Jews as the “Western Wall”) in East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.
Tens of thousands flock to Western Wall for priestly blessing: US Ambassador David Friedman takes part in Jerusalem ceremony as throngs make traditional Passover pilgrimage https://t.co/OgKmawAw8L TimesofIsrael pic.twitter.com/XlEzfNQuni
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According to Israeli state radio, Friedman participated in the recitation of an annual Jewish prayer known as “Birkat Kohanima”.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa is considered the world’s third holiest site after Mecca and Medina. Jews, for their part, claim the area was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
WATCH: Trump's new pro-war, anti-Palestinian national security advisor, John Bolton, is joining an already right-wing cabinet. Before him, David Friedman, Trump's far-right pick for ambassador to Israel has called on Israel to annex the occupied West Bank. pic.twitter.com/yBkgzsQmcw
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The Israeli authorities firmly control the area near the wall, where Jews perform prayers on a daily basis. Muslims, however, are barred from the area.
Palestinians are burying their dead in Gaza after Israeli massacre meanwhile US "peace broker" Trump's ambassador, David Friedman, performs Talmudic liturgy today.? pic.twitter.com/wbObByiym4
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The former bankruptcy lawyer is well-known for making incendiary remarks and holding contentious views that are at odds with longstanding US policy on Israeli and Palestine; he called former US President Barack Obama an anti-Semite and described Liberal Jews as Nazi collaborators.
The 57-year-old Friedman has said the United States should not impose any solutions on Israel and that a binational state would not be a tragedy. He has challenged the widespread view that Israeli settlement activity is illegal and opposes a ban on construction activity in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
When this child was asked why to hold four flags, he answered: “one for me, one for my father, one for my grandfather, and one for my grand-grandfather.”
The right of return passes from one generation to another. #GreatReturnMarch pic.twitter.com/xdJqwCBZ6M
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His actions come as Gazans mourn the deaths of 18 unarmed Palestinian civilians who were shot and killed by Israeli snipers as they participated in the Great March of Return. Thousands more were wounded.
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