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. nobama

    An Obama Heckler? An Obamabot must have short circuited.

    July 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Alice Gentry

    Obama, please pick Richard Simmons as your running mate; what a good matchup!!

    July 24, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Philly Abe

    he probably just didnt give the rabbi a few shekelim for his yeshiva

    July 24, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Montana is Obama Country

    Heckler Count-

    Obama – 1

    McCain – 5

    Obama protestor is allowed to stay and voice oppostion (that's fine)....

    McCain has little old LIBRARIAN's physically removed for their sign...

    She was ticketed and physically removed.. (no freedom os speech here)

    OBAMA... 2008, 2012....... yes..WE...Can...

    July 24, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. John

    this is why they need to ban organized religion...society has proved too imature to handle such beliefs. In your own home is fine, but anything more turns the world into a bunch of crazies who start crusades/jihads "in the name of god"....not to mention heckling people who don't believe as they do

    July 24, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Michael in MO

    CAN IT BE??!!! The Obama news/gossip rag actually printed a blurp about someone who doesn't like the Annointed One?? OFF WITH YOUR HEADS, YOU DISSENTER!!!

    July 24, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Rachel

    hmmm I am shocked cnn reported this, now if they only report what some of the soldiers who saw Obama said( we got more welcome from the dallas cowboy cheerleaders) . My granny always said tell the truth shame the devil.

    July 24, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. therealist

    Israel knows that Obama will abandon them just as fast as he plans to abandon the Iraqi's..

    July 24, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. TESAP; SAVANNAH, GA

    Hey its Germany...........

    July 24, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. strong

    So what ??

    Obama, get back home and do some real work !

    July 24, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Frostlanta

    One heckler vs. the thousands that show up to heckle McLiar!!!!! Give me a break. If Big O can handle all of the repug hecklers around the country then 1 man won't get to him.

    Obama 08' 12'

    July 24, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. Joan

    This is a ridiculous post. Hundreds, maybe even thousands, have applauded him since his trip began and you run a story about ONE man heckling him. The headline only will be picked up by the right and they will exploit this shamelessly. This is misleading reporting.

    July 24, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. aaa

    hahahha obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yes we can

    July 24, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    So why is this news? One man? Bush and his henchmen get heckled at every public appearance, but the media never talks about it. Of course with Bush and his henchmen, the hecklers are hauled away and charged with "disturbing the peace."

    Try reporting some real news.

    July 24, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. No Bam Bam Obama

    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.

    ......at which point he spewed anything he thought they might want to hear

    The human pancake continues to take you libs over the cliff and to the place where there is no water. That's the real point!!

    McCain/08

    July 24, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. northern light

    Hey-hey-hey!

    What is that swirling sucking sound, people? Is that the sound of a sure-fire Dem presidential win going down the drain?

    Knowing that the French, the Germans and the Iraqis would vote for Obama over McCain is the political kiss of death!!! Imagine electing a president preferred by those countries!

    OB's vacuuous, expedient, slippery, fully-adjustable, non-policies would win out in France but will cost him the election here.

    History in the making, indeed.

    July 24, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. ANGIE

    one heckler big deal mcain deals with them at just about every town hall meeting why does john mcain always do town hall meetings???? I read somewhere most of hi TH meetings were staged and fake hmmm interesting HILLARY BACKER FOR MCCAIN PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SNAP OUT OF IT NO ONE STOLE ANYTHING HE WON FAIR AND SQUARE HE WON THE PRIMARIES JUST LIKE ANYOTHER DEMOCRAT HAS WON IN THE PAST GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Bobbie

    Liberty – I could not have said it better. These airheads need to watch and listen instead making hasty decisions. Obama does not have the experience to make him the President and Commander-in-Chief.

    July 24, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. John C. Fout

    Are you so desperate for news? You put a story out about one heckler? Such inane, stupid reporting.

    John in Hudson

    July 24, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. aa

    an other flip-flop on Jerusalem....he is getting too same old same old

    July 24, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Dekonti

    Alexander Mooney – Tell the whole story . This is how the news is really bias. This was one person and the crowd chanted.."Obama, Obama...." Why didn't you report that part?

    July 24, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. myview

    Mr. Hussein will the next US president!!!!

    July 24, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Who cares ????? According to the McCain camp this heckler is a whiner ...

    July 24, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. ClintonDem4Cynthia08

    The only change he will bring is Israels surrender and destruction. No Obama! NO OBAMA!!

    July 24, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. bill for barack

    bet the rabbi was paid by mcshame

    July 24, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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