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  7/31/2013, Av 24, 5773

Groom's Vehicle Denied Access to Kotel on Wedding Day


A groom tried visit both the Temple Mount and the Western Wall (Kotel) on the morning of his wedding and found difficulty in both. Aaron H. of Jerusalem told Arutz Sheva news that he arranged with rabbis of the Temple Institute to visit the Temple Mount, as is traditional for many on his wedding day. The site was closed to Jewish visitors, as it has been for the third consecutive day due to concerns over possible incitement to violence.

The groom then said he attempted to enter into the Western Wall plaza area, by car, a typical act done by both brides and grooms prior to the wedding. He stated that because members of his family visiting from abroad have difficulty walking, he sought to access the area by car. In the past, the large glass doors at the entrance to the Western Wall plaza have been accessible for special occasions and for the handicapped. The groom said he was denied vehicular access at both the Jaffa Gate and the Dung Gate and found it impossible to drive to the area. "The new automated system means you can't even talk to a human being," he told Arutz Sheva. New restrictions on non-residential vehicular access to the Old City were instituted this year. Special events have also created restrictions on access to the area.

A more detailed article on this issue is forthcoming from Arutz Sheva news.