From WND, “Bush Temple Mount visit fuels Jewish group’s anger,” with thanks to wwrwtw.
JERUSALEM — A group that led a Jewish protest at the Temple Mount last month in hopes of reclaiming the site from its Islamic custodians has expressed disappointment that U.S. First Lady Laura Bush, who arrives here tomorrow, plans to visit the Mount to honor Muslim tradition.
Bush, touring Jordan today, arrives in Israel tomorrow as part of a wider Middle East tour aimed at advancing regional peace and encouraging Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in accordance with the U.S.-backed road map.
According to Israeli media reports, the First Lady will visit the Temple Mount, among other religious sites.
U.S. officials said Bush had requested activities to honor Israel’s three religions during her Israel visit. She will tour the Western Wall to pay respects to Judaism, visit a church in Jericho to honor Christianity, and ascend the Temple Mount to express good will toward Islam, said an official.
But David Ha’ivri, director of Revava, a Jewish Temple Mount activist group, said he is concerned Bush’s visit will be perceived as official American recognition of Islamic control of the Mount…
Update from the UK Telegraph, “Laura Bush heckled on Jerusalem visit,” with thanks to AvrageJoe.
Laura Bush, the US first lady, was heckled as she visited a flashpoint shrine in Jerusalem which is holy to both Muslims and Jews and is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A small crowd of about two dozen people surrounded Mrs Bush as she entered the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem’s walled Old City.
A Palestinian worshipper cried out at her: “You are not welcome here. Why are you hassling our Muslims? How dare you come in here?”
Mrs Bush, who later made an appeal for peace, did not respond then or an old woman inside the mosque shouted “Koran, Koran” at her in Arabic.
Police linked arms around Mrs Bush as she left the mosque…