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

Obama heckled at Western Wall

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/24/art.obamawall.jpg caption="Obama visited the Western Wall early Thursday."]

(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.”

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soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. Zac, Atlanta

    Was the heckler a Palestinian? That would make sense. Every Presidential candidate has confirmed Israel's "right to exist" but haven't said much on a Palestinian state. A stateless people, with no home, few allies, huddled in a cramped city with walls on all sides. Of all people, those of Jewish decent should be able to relate...

    July 24, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Brett

    Haha. I'm sure there were more people disgruntled with Mr. Obama...CNN clearly just does not want to cover it.

    July 24, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Florida-livin

    Neither was America but it didn't stop McSame- Bush and Cheney.. They sold us out every chance they got. Obama is repairing damage in one trip that Bush or Mccain couldn't over 4 years. Obama trip has restored faith in America abroad. You don't have to admitit The foreigners are telling. Don't choke or bit your tongue.

    July 24, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. calicotony

    This is not a story CNN get your act together.
    Your bias is showing again. ( Hillary is out)

    July 24, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Cynthia

    Do they have freedom of speech there? Even if they don't its the one guy's perogative to do so. At least it was 4, 5 or more like at one of Senator McCain's speeches as shown on CNN.

    July 24, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Remy

    Did Obama say Jerusalem for sale if he become president?

    Further, 90% of the Israelis never born in Israel, but 99% Palestinians born in Palestine.

    As usual CNN never publish the truths!

    July 24, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. bt

    Hllary backer for mccain......if hillary was so loved and praised, why did she not win...and who is talking about hillary anyway...go hide somewhere...as for the one heckler...is there nothing else more news worthy...Obama has it going on and u all know it...this is a whirlwind none of you racist can conceive of and like it or not you will have a Black President...Black Folks have been following White Folks since being brought over on the ships and have acheived nothing...I say its about time you followed a Black Man...one thing for sure, you will not suffer as Black Folks have...so consider yourself lucky...

    July 24, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Dave

    yeah, well, he needs heckeld. I am going to hecle him when he comes around my town again. I want to know more about this domestic security force he talked about in Fort Collins, CO last month. he claims he would want it to be civilian and it would be as large as the military with a like budget. Well, hello, the military is 500,000 strong with a $439 billion budget. Wehre is this money going to come from? And are we talking about spying on people as part of this force (looks too much like the Hitler Youth). Sounds like more population control. So we'll probably be arrested for talking about the Constitution because we are whacos if we do. And i find it interesting that quotes from him like this are swept under the rug by MSM.

    July 24, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. Jerry

    I bet that guy was paid by McCain to heckled Obama.
    The republican using dirty polictics tricks

    July 24, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. 68 year old voter

    Heavens; the mockers should have been stoned! You don't mock the " coming liberal great one"!

    July 24, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Gee will his "supporters" run to Israel and beat the guy up. They threatened to beat up the people voting for Hillary. Why not go to Israel and do the job there. After all obama is the king that walks on water. Too bad he is getting lead feet.

    July 24, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Paris. LA

    Put that man on trial-no one can say anything against Obama our Savoir. I'll not stand for it.

    July 24, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Alison

    Obama gets his first heckler. News!

    July 24, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Sean

    The history of Jerusalem is extremely complicated. First, there were the Jews. Then came the Romans. Next, come the Muslims. Then, the British and French. And whoever decided that the land should again belong to the Jews. Men trying to rewrite history, and then others using the name of God to say that's theirs.

    July 24, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. Herman in LA


    July 24, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Voice of Reason

    To those who post in complaint that the media covers any one candidate more favorably than another, I suggest you consider the possibility that the candidate receiving such favorable coverage ACTUALLY IS MORE FAVORABLE than the other. I know it may be hard to fathom, but some people are better than others and handle themselves more appropriately, with more decency and in a more stately fashion than others. In fact, you should be suspicious of any news outlet that could find the exact same amount of dirt, mistakes, flaws, achievements, accomplishments, praiseworthy acts, between two totally separate and distinct politicians. True journalism reports the facts. It is absolutely possible that one person's facts can come out better than anothers.

    July 24, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. The Lady

    There is always one bad apple in the bunch. How many people were actually there? That is something I would like to know.

    July 24, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. ann beauchamp

    Obama is such a fake and a JOKE! He is acting like he is
    already "pres." That is so he can influence the ignorant
    to believe it!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Alanna

    Hillary Backer for McCain July 24th, 2008 11:29 am ET

    Hillary is loved and praised wherever she goes. She is so masterful in global diplomacy from her years of experience at the Whitehouse and Senate. She was robbed of her right to be President. Dark forces stole it from her.


    Enough already!

    July 24, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. lou-dallas

    ...hmmm, tell everyone, did Obama offer to turn water into kool aid and make bread out of a rock or something..!!?. According to his supporters, he's our savior that has all the answers where others in the past 60 or 70 years have failed. Remarkable.
    We all can't wait to find out what this guy, who can't even unite his own party, pulls out of the air the solutions to unite us ALL!!

    July 24, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Dan from Kitchener

    No wonder America is going down the tubes the news medias are complicit out of fear of losing their corporate sponsors. Remember being cheer leaders for the Iraq invasion and now slamming Obama with anything they feel will benefit McCain. Shameful and disgusting antics from the comedy channel.

    July 24, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. John

    The question is did he tip his Tin Foil hat to him or not?

    July 24, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. ali

    the guy thought barack was a well-tanned john mccain.

    July 24, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. semp

    Good ... heckles are good.

    July 24, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Merle

    GOOD...Obama needs to get over himself...and the Liberal Media....just like Lou (Dobbs) said the other day to Wolf...."This is a joke!" (how the Liberal Media is all over him) im a Hillocrat and i always will be....GO MCCAIN 08!!

    July 24, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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