July 24th, 2008
08:58 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama heckled at Western Wall

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(CNN) - Barack Obama has been greeted by enthusiastic - at times even wild - crowds throughout his trip abroad, but at least one man wasn't happy with the Democratic presidential candidate's visit to one of the most sacred spots in Jerusalem early Thursday morning.

During an unannounced visit to the Western Wall - during which he was escorted by the Wall's rabbi, Shmuel Rabinovich, a man only yards away from the Illinois senator repeatedly yelled "Obama, Jerusalem is not for sale! Obama, Jerusalem is not for sale!"

The comments come a day after Obama reiterated his stance Jerusalem should remain the capital city of Israel. Though he noticeably did not repeat his headline-grabbing June comment that the city should remain “undivided.”

Watch: Obama steps gingerly in Israel

Shortly before he arrived in Jerusalem Wednesday, a group of religious leaders there charged him with flip-flopping on the status of Israel’s capital, and called on him to re-commit to that position.

"I also have said that it is important that we don't simply slice the city in half, but I've also said that that's a final status issue. That's an issue that has to be dealt with with the parties involved — the Palestinians and the Israelis. It's not the United States' job to dictate the form in which that will take, but rather to support the efforts that are being made right now to resolve these very difficult issues that have a long history," he told reporters Thursday.

Jerusalem has also been claimed by Palestinian leaders as the capital of any future state. Congress passed a law declaring the city the capital of Israel, and saying it should remain undivided, but the U.S. Embassy has remained in Tel Aviv.

After a brief prayer, Obama walked to the Wall and left a note, as is custom, before placing his hand in the Wall and bowing his head. Meanwhile, the heckler continued his chant as Obama left the site.

Others who had gathered around attempted to obscure the heckler's words with chants of "Obama, Obama."

Obama's visit at the Wall lasted about 10 minutes. Obama noted later to reporters that his visit there was “rowdier than the last time.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. Obama Supporter from FL

    What the heckler said doesn't even really make sense.

    July 24, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Abby

    You can’t please everyone.

    July 24, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Tony Z- MD

    Good coverage. The Republican party needs your additional help.

    July 24, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. NSmith, New York, NY

    ONE heckler? That's a story? Come on guys.

    July 24, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Kiah

    They heckle him in American so it's no surprise it happens overseas.

    July 24, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Phil, FL

    I think the heckler wanted Obama to bring that message back to our current administration that HAS sold our country to the lowest bidder.

    It's time for Obama and others to get our jobs back, take our good name back, and just generally scrub the White House really good to get rid of the stench.

    July 24, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. rumpusgoopus

    Wow. One wingnut criticizes Obama and CNN covers it as if it were a story. And this time the wingnut isn't even McCain.

    July 24, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Biffington, Biff

    HHHmmmmm must be a mccain supporter....

    July 24, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. Open Your 3rd Eye

    Hi Hater.

    July 24, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. James Hussein, SC

    Let's see quickly the neocons try to make this what it is not.

    July 24, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. J

    One individual heckles Obama, and you folks at CNN try to turn it into a story? CNN, the Clown News Network.

    July 24, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Mary

    It just seems to be that the Media has more positive things to say about Obama then John McCain, I think the Media is a trying to persuade the public to lean toward Obama, they are trader to our country for shore,

    July 24, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Anonymous

    why does it say "McCain visited the wall early Thursday" under the picture of Obama?

    July 24, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. Terry

    The current sub title for the picture is incorrect. It should read "Obama visited the Western Wall early Thursday.".

    July 24, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Brooke

    "Shortly before he arrived in Jerusalem Wednesday, a group of religious leaders there charged him with flip-flopping on the status of Israel’s capital, and called on him to re-commit to that position."
    Obama flip flop? Say it ain't so.

    July 24, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. dave g, minneapolis

    Finally,
    There is at least one man in the world that will publicly dis Obama. I'm surprised the press actually reported it.

    Barr '08

    July 24, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Fay Tx

    McCain visited the Western Wall early Thursday with a picture of Senator Obama ???......CNN is this Mistake?

    July 24, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Griff

    When you have seen and studied, where this guy came from, like I have. There is not one word comes out of his mouth, that is not a lie..

    July 24, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. eric

    There's always some nut in the crowd. The heckler would have been more appropriate for McCain who's wife might actually try to buy Jerusalem.

    July 24, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. J.C.

    How can we succeed in Middle East if we keep on ignoring the needs of everybody except for Israel? Only justice will make long-lasting peace.

    July 24, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. Canada observing

    McCain eh?

    July 24, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. mehrad

    He should be ashamed of himself to perform such an act in a location such as that. Wrong place.

    July 24, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. GoldieLocks

    Okay, that's not McCain in the picture. Get the caption right CNN.

    July 24, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Diing in Washington

    "McCain visited the Western Wall early Thursday" Courtesy of AP ignores by CNN. Hilarious!

    July 24, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. Linda

    Obama,
    America is not for sale either! You can have everything in the world except my vote!

    July 24, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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