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February 7, 2016 6:00 am

Islamic Authority Opposes New Prayer Area at Western Wall for Non-Orthodox Jews

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The Western Wall in Jerusalem. The Islamic Authority opposes the new prayer area adjacent to the Western Wall set up for non-Orthodox Jews. Photo: Wikipedia.

The Western Wall in Jerusalem. The Islamic Authority opposes a new prayer area for non-Orthodox Jews. Photo: Wikipedia.

The Islamic authority that oversees a sensitive Jerusalem holy site says it opposes a new prayer area for non-Orthodox Jews at the adjacent Western Wall.

The Waqf’s rejection may present an obstacle for Israel which has tried to defuse tensions with more liberal streams of Judaism who have demanded the right to pray at the wall according to their customs. After three years of negotiations, Israel announced the creation of the new prayer area last week.

Read full story at The Associated Press.

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