Muslims gripe over Israel fixing church wall

Friday, December 04, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

The Jordanian government on Thursday registered its displeasure with Israeli-funded renovations of an outer wall at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City, the traditional location of Jesus' burial.

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry summoned the Israeli ambassador and handed him a letter that decried Israel's "unilateral" measures that were damaging the "status quo" in the Holy City. The Jordanians insisted that the renovation work violated certain agreements and must be halted immediately.

Israeli officials cited by Ynet said they weren't sure what all the fuss was about, since the wall in fact did need renovation work, and that the work now being carried out had been coordinated with church officials.

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