Stone falls from Western Wall

July 24, 2018 by TPS
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A one-ton stone dropped out of the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday.

Photo by Hillel Maeir/TPS

The stone smashed on the ground, near the Robinson’s Arch platform reserved for non-Orthodox prayer services narrowly missing a woman praying at the site. No injuries were reported. Police and Western Wall authorities closed the area off and Israel Antiquities Authority archeologists are investigating the incident.

Local archeologists said the fall was the first known incident of its kind, and said it was too early to draw conclusions about it.

“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time a stone has fallen out of the wall. Certainly in the modern period, it hasn’t happened before,” said Dr. Gabriel Barkay, an expert on the Temple Mount and the founder of the Temple Mount Sifting Project.

Barkay rejected a suggestion that the Islamic Trust (waqf) could have destabilised the wall and loosened the stone, but said there is no way to know yet what caused the stone to fall.

The incident occurred one day after Tisha B’Av, the annual commemoration of the destruction of ancient Jerusalem and the Temple, and one of the busiest days of the year at the holy site. Thousands of people visited the Wall Sunday to mark the occasion.

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4 Responses to “Stone falls from Western Wall”
  1. Rabbi Chaim Ingram says:

    “The stone smashed on the ground, near the Robinson’s Arch platform reserved for non-Orthodox prayer services”

    A message from Heaven?

    • Adrian Jackson says:

      No, centuries old crumbling stone work, probably assisted by vegetation growing in the cracks between the foundations stone blocks.

      An engineering reason for the problem which can be fixed.

      The falling stone did not hit any non-orthodox Israelis though. Another message from heaven.

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