The Iconic Photo That Speaks Volumes

Here is a rather famous photo of Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Dayan in 1967, after we reclaimed the old city of Jerusalem.

Notice anything interesting?


Look at the sign behind him: Al-Buraq (Wailing Wall) Rd.

You see, even the Jordanians, who during their 19-year-occupation of the Old City and East Jerusalem from 1948-1967, neglected the Jewish Quarter, destroyed Jewish property and kept the area Judenrein – had this as the sign by the Western Wall. An acknowledgement by the Muslim Jordanians that this was the wall of the Jews!

And how significant they used the words “Wailing Wall” – the name given to the wall because of the centuries of wailing and endless tears shed by Jews yearning to rebuild Jerusalem.

UNESCO, take note.

8 thoughts on “The Iconic Photo That Speaks Volumes”

  1. why are everyone’s panties in a bunch about what unesco did?
    in a week we will be celebrating the completion of the torah cycle of reading the parshiyot and beginning again at bereishit
    and what is the very first rashi in bereishit?
    “Rebbe Yitzchak said, ‘[God] need only have
    begun the Torah from ‘This month shall be to you” which is the first
    Commandment which Israel was commanded. For what reason did it begin
    with ‘Bereishit’?… So that if the nations of the world will say to
    Israel, ‘You are bandits, for you conquered the lands of the seven
    nations’ Israel will say to them, ‘The whole earth belongs to the Holy
    One, Blessed is He; He created it and He gave it to the one found proper
    in His eyes. By His wish He gave it to them, and by His wish He took
    it from them and gave it to us.'”

    so rejoice, for the rashi shows the truth in the torah and that rashi is not simply commentary…but truth.

    1. “why are everyone’s panties in a bunch about what unesco did?”

      Can you think of a way to make your point without sounding offensive?

        1. Non sequitur. It’s being common in no way means there is no reason to take offense. It was vulgar, sexist & condescending.

  2. Sorry Dave. You’ve got this one wrong!

    The 1967 Jordanian Name-plate is really an insult.

    1. AL-BURAQ is the name of Mohammed’s mythical ‘winged steed’ (donkey?) that ‘flew’ him from Mecca to Jerusalem to give (false) credence to the association of the Koran name “the furtherst mosque”with Jerusalem. Identity theft goes a long way back.

    2. The Muslims always mocked the ‘defeated dhimmi’ Jews animated mourning for the loss of the Temples and it was from the Muslims that the derogatory name “WAILING” came. Yet another insult.

    3. The photo of ‘swashbuckling’ Moshe Dayan at the wall in this context is apt.
    When Dayan saw that Rabbi Goren was trying to make the Temple mount Jewish he unilaterly ‘gave’ the Temple Mount to the WAKF authorities. In Dayan’s biography he claims that the matter was brought before the Knesset but I have no recollection of this debate ever being held. A perfect example of snatching defeat from victory. This possibly is the worst insult of them all.

    1. Nope, I am correct. Of course I understand they meant it as an insult, but in doing so, have acknowledged what it means for the Jews.

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