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. Michael, in Ohio

    Some of you all need toget a grip, don't you all these polititions could care less.....you and I know once they are in office, they forget about us for the next 4 years, and some of you all are so emotional over them,.for what, yall acting like they paying yall bills,lol

    July 24, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Henry n New York

    Hillary republicans – lets it go – she out

    July 24, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. TangoDancer

    It's impossible to please everyone. There are too many opinionated people on this planet. Too many fanatics as well. The candidates should not be pressured into certain positions by people with extemist view-points. It's a dynamic and fluid environment around the globe and both McCain and Obama deserve the right make adjustments as needed. These people that heckle and shout at politicians are just obnoxious.

    July 24, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Laura

    I'd rather hear about issues that Candidate Obama would take care of in OUR country: Illegal immigration and its continual drain on healthcare, social services, and education; repeal of NAFTA and a strong hand in dealing with drugs and illegals coming in from Mexico; reigning in our trade deficit with China (which is destroying our economy); national health insurance for legal US citizens; defense and support of our country on our soil!

    July 24, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. TyWebb

    Michael Savage?

    July 24, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. dennis from chicago

    what happened guys who did not watch the late news let us say 5 30 pm abc news......o bama tells the reporter that jerusalem is a united capital as if to say entirely a jewish city......and with that O BAMA just angered one billion muslims.......great leaders know when they need to keep there mouth SHUT////// o bama good judgment at it's best

    July 24, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Obama 08: white, 60 year old woman

    One heckler...five countries....sounds like a slam dunk to me!!

    Hillary Backer for McCain: Give it up!! Either you have issues or a troll. Eitjer way you are silly and tiresome.

    July 24, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. mary

    One loose cannon.

    July 24, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. John

    "Hillary Backer for McCain":
    "She was robbed of her right to be President. Dark forces stole it from her."

    "Dark force"? Why don't you come right out and say "A black guy "stole" it. Of course, in this case, when you say "stole" you mean got more votes, more delegates, more superdelegates, ran a better campaign that stayed fiscally solvent, and energized volunteers in every state and a few territories.

    Or you're just a complete lunatic who thinks that either Satan or Lord Vader conspired to "steal" the election from the lady who couldn't win the nomination even after lending herself tens of millions of dollars.

    July 24, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    There's one in every crowd. Just one is a good number considering all the protesters that appear at McCain events. GO OBAMA!

    July 24, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Brian

    But I thought the world was going to love us again, what ever that means.

    July 24, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Susan

    NOT news, CNN.

    July 24, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Katrina

    You may want to change the caption under the picture of Obama at the Western Wall from "McCain visted the Western Wall early Thursday" to "OBAMA visited the Western Wall early Thursday".

    July 24, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Helen, NY

    Hello CNN, Where is my message. I have said it and I say it again that Barack Hussein obama is a fraud.

    July 24, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Y ou idiots!!

    We should step when ANY elected representative of the U.S. or envoy of the U.S. on official business receives anything less than a cordial visit. Hecklers, attackers, hecklers-should always be discouraged and unsupported by U.S. citizens.

    Where's your loyalty to your NATION?

    July 24, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Marlon C

    I didn't know Obama had that kind of money to buy Jerusalem. Some republican probably offered him cash to go up there and say it. I wouldn't put it past them to be honest. Let's get back to the issues; GAS, ECONOMY and the WAR!

    July 24, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. An American

    A heckler? OMG! Obama is in real trouble now!

    Get real. Who hasn't been heckled in Isreal? Let's start the list of who has...George H. Bush, George W. Bush, Laura Bush, .....

    July 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. mark4wagon

    I hope the rest America realizes that there is more than 2 candidates running for president.. By reading CNN's election page no one should know. Update your site please....

    July 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. vicki

    CNN are you SERIOUS about this article? ONE person and you make a headline?
    McCain is heckled at least 50 times a day at EVERY townhall meeting. Get life.

    July 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. meshel

    I totally believe that if Obama is elected President the country is in for a big, huge problem – not because he is black, but because he is a Muslim. Check out this guy's background. He hangs out with the wrong crowd (his church, won't pledge allegiance to the flag, wants to take oath of presidency not on a Bible but on the koran), this guy is trouble. This guy is slick, just like the anti-christ, perhaps he is. Israel has a lot to be afraid of – and rightfully so. But being a USA citizen, we should be afraid – very afraid.

    May God truly Bless America

    July 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. LatinoForObamaLove

    CNN you should be ashamed of your self to report about one heckler.

    July 24, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. luggar

    The Media has become so engrossed in Obama that it has become histarically funny. They report his every move, just put a sequined, white jumpsuit and here`s a new Elvis We have started tracking all the times he is mentioned and it`s becoming a contest as to who can list the most . Soooo funny and so much for impartial news !!!! This may be the JOKE of the Century.

    July 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Cyder

    Is this possibly newsworthy?

    I didn't realize the Israelis get a say in American politics....oh wait....

    July 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |

    People who are still talking about Hillary might want to think about seeking professional help.

    July 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Slider

    "uuuuuhhhhh, uhhhmmm, uh, well, uh, uhmmmmmm" – Senator Obama.

    Looks like a non-partisan didn't take too kindly to the good Senator's foreign policy statement concerning that area of the world.

    Palestinians don't drink Kool_Aid, Democrats, and they don't honor agreements with Israel, or anyone else for that matter. Yet, you wanna have dialogue with them, cause no one like Obama has ever done so before.

    Yeah, right.

    They don't buy your "change", son.

    July 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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