Rahm Emanuel Heckled by Israelis While Touring Old City of Jerusalem
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (C) walks with his family during a visit at the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City May 27, 2010. (Reuters)
Activists heckled White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as he and his family toured the Old City of Jerusalem in honor of his son’s bar mitzvah.
Emanuel and his entourage on Thursday visited the newly restored Huvra synagogue, amid shouts of “anti-Semite.”
When the family arrived at the Western Wall, Rahm Emanuel did not approach the wall, though his son did, the Jerusalem Post reported,
Heavy security surrounded the family during their tour of Jerusalem, according to reports.
Activist Itamar Ben-Gvir, who has threatened to protest the Emanuel’s bar mitzvah, waited for the family Thursday morning at the Western Wall. He was physically restrained by police during their visit, Ynet reported.
Ben-Gvir filed a complaint Wednesday with the Jerusalem District Court for Administrative Affairs, charging that Emanuel’s plan to hold his son’s bar mitzvah Thursday at the Davidson Center, a tourist facility located in the archeological park near the Western Wall, is illegal since the center is not licensed to hold such events. The court gave Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and the East Jerusalem Development Company, which owns the center, 24 hours to respond. The court declined to issue an injunction on such events until a ruling is made, according to the Jerusalem Post. The bar mitzvah celebration is reportedly set for Thursday evening.
After a year in office, Barack Obama has lost half of his Jewish support.