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. prairieguy

    Gee one man heckles and it is a headline ticker for CNN.....no wonder people think the media is pathetic!!!!

    What about McWhinner getting heckled almost every place he goes...where is that headline ticker???

    Non-news story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Worst...Resume...Ever....

    The neo-libs who post on this site are pure comedians. CNN is Nobama's propaganda directorate and one negative thing gets reported and its now the vast right wing media conspiracy? Stand up material, I tell ya'.

    July 24, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. linda from South Dakota

    seems its not only people in public but also in blogs that look really hard to find fault with obama,, wearing a traditional head-dress id out of respect,, geezz,, between people here and cnn,, you guys really need to get a grip,, stop lookin for fault or do you work for the fault -finder=mccain,, lets stick to the issues,, obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!08

    July 24, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Donna

    HIllary GAVE AWAY her right to be President with a terrible campaign staff, underestimating her opponent, debt, etc...get over that lie...

    OMG..Obama got heckled...say it isn't so???!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. jim hawkins

    LOOKS LIKE I CANCEL YOUR VOTE HILLARY BACKER...

    July 24, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Jason

    It's hilarious really. The Obamatrons complain about the coverage of one heckler on Obama. Yet, when one volunteer shows up McCain at a rally, suddenly the Obamatrons swarm in to support that attack. You people are really something. Grow up and start dealing with the real world.

    July 24, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Jake

    At least he is consistent on his flip-flopping and doesn't just do it to the American Citizens. What a guy.......no thanks!

    July 24, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Shari, NY

    "At least one heckler" – and this is newsworthy!!! I guess there is disappointment among some that the show of discontent was just MINISCULE. I am so pleased that I have already decided who I will vote for come November and will not be swayed by anything or anyone during the "silly season".

    July 24, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. Anti-Wing Nutt

    Obama should have told him “Great, then our bombs, airplanes, support services, and millions in aide that keep you putzs safe on a daily basis will go away, because we don’t want to make it look like Jerusalem is for (SALE)”.

    I wish we would stop aide to this country, they think that the USA is a province of Israel, this would stop that idea.

    July 24, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. American

    CNN producer Sasha Johnson, a pool reporter for the brief visit, reports a man screamed “Obama, Jerusalem is not for sale” throughout the event despite pleas from the crowd for him to stop.

    Obama shook hands with some in the crowd as many reached out to him as he departed. He then went by motorcade to the airport in Tel Aviv, where he took off for Berlin.

    Tell the WHOLE story CNN....Thank you.

    July 24, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Char for Obama 08 & 12

    Hillary Backer for McCain!!
    Idiot!! Dark forces!!
    that's the problem!! you are RACIST!
    go ahead vote for MCCAIN he will not win!
    You can lick your wounds with his pill popping wife!

    July 24, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. girl0

    Why is Obama so obsessed with Israel? Every chance he gets, he pledges support for Israel. Shouldn't he be focused on his own country first?

    July 24, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Tony, Miami

    When Bush go in Europe he has 50000 heckers to boo and most of the time a little town hall meeting with McEnd carry more than 5 or 6 heckers.

    July 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I am a conservative–I feel all American's when our elected officials (regardless of their party affiliation) do not receive the respect their position desrves when traveling abroad. This is especially true with Israe–since their ridiculous foreign policy makes it quite difficult to remain an ally–while still saving face with the "real world".

    I spit on these idiots who disgrace our envoy from Israel's biggest financial supporter.

    July 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Oh! The Irony

    Give it up. Nothing was stolen from her. Since when does anything get stolen from a white woman in America and given to a Black man?

    She failed to plan. Period.

    July 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Joyce, ny

    It's amazing how ignorant some people in this country are. The head cap that Barrack is wearing is customary jewish tradition when visiting their holy places. It is a sign of respect. Bush wore one too when he went there.

    That image of Barack wearing that and visiting the wall I must say is pretty powerful.

    I like what he said about Jerusalem – it is not the US who would dictate what happens to it but the people of Israel and the palentinians. Enough meddling in other people's affairs. Let's solve our own problems first and foremost.

    July 24, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Morningstar

    Obama has taken worst than that from Hillary and repugs. He had a wonderful visit in Israel and in the Middle East. This proves once more that intelligence and good judgment are better than Washington experience.

    July 24, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Kevin

    Why should I care about Israel? They decided to come in and occupy the land, so obviously there's goign to be some problems. Besides, they have enough firepower to defend themselves against anything in the area. They don't need us.

    July 24, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. Austin Chuks, Lagos, Nigeria

    Come on Guys; The crowd was against the heckler. That sounds more like good news. That heckler was the odd man. I guess everyone knows who sent him there!

    Again, if he wasn't heckled at all, it wld be said to be a stage-managed foreign trip.

    The Very Change We Can Believe In, is not easy, but it is absolutely necessary!

    Obama "08/12

    July 24, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. deb0155

    The sad thing is – it actually took a foreigner to see the "real" Obama – a fraud and flip-flopper! Unfortunately, Obama will say and do anything to get to the White House – even selling out the American people!

    July 24, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Brandi

    Why does the caption read "McCain visited the Western Wall early Tuesday" when it is clearly a picture of Obama? Can someone fix that please?

    July 24, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. BR

    you mean there is someone who is not falling all over the Messiah. That can't be. Just ask his loyal Charles Mansonlike followers.

    July 24, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Henry n New York

    First, to those that think he is wearing a skull cap – its called a Yakima. Second, one man out of around 40,000 over the last 6 days made one loud unsubstantiated vocal attack. This is what CNN calls controversy worth the cost of news to fit print.

    July 24, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. OTFLMAO

    "Dark forces stole it from her."

    You're in treatment, right? I hear they have meds for that.

    July 24, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Marty

    To be honest, the heckler dosent even make sense

    "jerusalem is not for sale"... as if Mr Obama was putting a pirce tag on it, or had an ad up on craigslist...

    I dont get it. Maybe I'm dim.

    July 24, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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