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The Western Wall sometimes referred to as the Wailing Wall or simply the Kotel and as al-Buraaq Wall in Arabic, is an important Jewish religious site located in the Old City of Jerusalem. Just over half the wall, including its 17 courses located below street level, dates from the end of the Second Temple period, being constructed around 19 BCE by Herod the Great. The remaining layers were added from the 7th century onwards.

Most Jews, religious and secular, consider the capture of the wall by Israel in 1967 as an historic event. A poll carried out in 2007 by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies indicated that 96% of Israeli Jews were against Israel relinquishing sovereignty of the Western Wall. However, after the 1967 Six Day War, a small minority of reverent Jews led by anti-Zionist Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum of Satmar would not approach the wall. Rabbi Teitelbaum had written of the prohibition against visiting and praying at the wall since it had been liberated by Zionist soldiers. He asserted that a remnant of the Temple had fallen into the hands of "a foreign occupier," and instructed his followers not to approach it. Till this day, adherents of Satmar and the Neturei Karta sect refrain from approaching the Wall, asserting that it has been befouled by secular interests and those professing Zionism, which they see as an abomination. Avigdor Miller, a non-Hasidic American rabbi, wrote that "the Kosel is better off in the hands of the Muslims due to their modesty more than the Jews who defile the holy place with their Jewish immodesty". In recent decades some Muslims have been vociferous in denying that the Wall has any significance in Judaism. In December 1973, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia stated that “Only Muslims and Christians have holy places and rights in Jerusalem”. The Jews, he maintained, had no rights there at all. As for the Western Wall, he said, “Another wall can be built for them

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