Wednesday, November 24, 2010

When They Tried A Wall

I mentioned the International Commission of Inquiry established by the British Mandatory authorities in 1930 which issued a report that resulted, in May 1931, in unjust restrictions on Jews by the Western Wall in addition to awarding to the Muslim Waqf the ownership of the Wall and the small courtyard which served as the worship site.

Let's recall what the Kotel looked like:-

That's  Lt. General Dill (later Field Marshal Sir John Greer Dill), General Officer Commanding British Troops in Palestine and Transjordan, 1936-1937, visiting the Western Wall in 1936.

Above, the Kotel courtyard in the early 1940s.
Even Senators visited.

A book was published that collected all the testimonies of the Jewish witnesses who presented the Jewish case for Jewish rights at and of the Kotel.  It was entitled "Mishpat HaKotel", the Trial of the Wall.

Here is the cover:

Here is the title page:


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