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.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. JT


    July 24, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. AMN

    Obama, remember what you say, and watch your back. It's gonna get ugly...

    July 24, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Donise

    Under your caption, you have "McCain..." rather than "Obama...". Though we know this is Obama, please correct your caption. Thanks.

    July 24, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Earl

    One person said something negative and it made the news....

    Come on CNN you're not helping your failing reputation

    July 24, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Lynn, Florida

    The cap was worn out of respect to the people of where he visited. It has nothing to do with Obama's religion. I think it was good of him to make the visit.

    July 24, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Dave C - NJ

    LOL...sure, McCain is a better friend to Israel.

    July 24, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Alanna

    Sam Holtzman July 24th, 2008 11:23 am ET

    He's wearing a skullcap! That makes him a Muslim, right? I can't wait to see the headlines.


    He's wearing it out of respect. Nothing more.

    So get a grip

    July 24, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Richard Anderson Portland OR

    The pic says "McCain visited the Western Wall early Thursday?

    July 24, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Liberty

    Kudos to CNN for running a story not favorable to Obamamama . Now if the mainstream press will only report that Obama is not black but Arabic 43.75 percent, African american 6.25 percent, Caucasin 50 percent and maybe add a story about John Edwards getting busted in hotel with mistress and out of wedlock love child night before last. Or maybe list Obama's record of being ranked number one most liberal voting record in congress?. Or how every socialized/welfare country's economy tanks when converted? Or how Obama's big government , entitlement society and higher taxes plan will stifle economy. Of how Obama flipflops on his war position like a typical politician. No change here just same-o-run-of-the-mill polictics being sold to empty headed sheep.

    July 24, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. TJ Johnson

    The truth is, BO does not have a position. He makes speeches that are designed to please the audience of the moment. He is a very dangerous man.

    July 24, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Son

    I wonder what he wrote in the note he left in the wall.

    July 24, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Canadian black man for Obama.

    And ...?

    July 24, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Griff

    The Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Liar, from Zanzibar in 1964....

    July 24, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. thomg

    why does the picture caption say "Mccain visited the western wall early Thursday"?
    We ought to be able to keep these two men straight....

    July 24, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Chris

    I think we need to stop being Israel lap dog!!! Those people treat the Palestinian like the South Afirca were doing the African blacks!! Its really time America wakes up and tell israel to go take a hike!!! I mean really Britian created this mess and we seem to think we need to help solve it all the time!!! I mean really if they are Gods choosen people, then it will all work out!!
    Oh and BTW I'm not a Muslim!!!

    July 24, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. vjh

    I bet it was Joe Lieberman !

    July 24, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Crush Rush

    Obama in a landslide.Whos that guy kidding,his country owns the U.S.A

    July 24, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Wes

    Why does this get coverage instead of all of the anti-war, anti-Bush, anti-America protests around the world???

    The media is terrible in this country.

    July 24, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Jackie from Minneapolis

    Who cares about one nut job? I don't. I am sure the neocons will try to turn this into "thousands" were heckling Mr. Obama. This is not new worthy though. I am sure McCain will make something out of nothing like he always does.

    July 24, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. OBAMA Supporter all the way

    McCain gets heckled every day!

    July 24, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. Steve

    Why does the caption under Obama's photo say, "McCain visited the Western Wall early Thursday?"

    July 24, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. ali

    i'm going to offer my services to the obama campaign and kick anyone's butt,that heckles our next president.if they want to heckle ,they can only do so to mccain.i know it doesnt sound fair,but,life is not always fair.ask iraqis.

    July 24, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. morganFL

    Has anyone else noticed that the caption on the picture reads "McCain visited..." with a picture of Sen. Obama???

    July 24, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. gotcha

    Silly, silly, silly

    July 24, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Hillary Backer for McCain

    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.

    July 24, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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