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Israeli-Arab Institute condemns Barcelona team visit to Western Wall, calling it “a Judaizing visit”

Headline: “The Al-Aqsa Institute expresses sharp criticism of the Judaizing visit of the Barcelona team at the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall)”
     "The [Israeli Arab] Al-Aqsa Institute for Islamic Trusts and Heritage sharply criticized the Judaizing visit of the Spanish Barcelona [football] team at the Al-Buraq Wall upon which the occupation has bestowed the false and bogus name ‘Wailing Wall.’ A number of players were seen donning a kippah (Jewish skullcap) and performing a number of Old Testament and Talmudic rites. The Institute said that this visit is a blow to the faith and sensitivities of millions of Muslims in the world.
This was included in a letter sent by the head of the Institute, Engineer Zaki Aghbarieh, to the team management and the club president, Sandro Rosell. The letter said ‘A number of days ago, your club’s football team paid a visit to the country, with all its stars participating, during which it visited the Al-Buraq Wall which is part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s western wall, called falsely ‘the Wailing Wall.’’ The letter went on to say, ‘Your distinguished team has millions of fans in the Arab and Muslim world, but your visit to the Al-Buraq Wall – as if it were one of the Jewish symbols – struck a blow against the unquestionable faith and sensitivities of Muslims, among them many fans of your team. We wish to express through this letter our strong resentment of this visit.’
Sunday morning [Aug. 4, 2013] the Spanish Barcelona team made a Judaizing visit to the Al-Buraq Wall, which is the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s western wall in occupied Jerusalem, under heavy security provided by occupation forces. The delegation wore its Catalonian team jerseys, and each one of them put a Jewish skullcap, kippah, on his head as Jews believe one should wear when entering the Al-Buraq Wall. In addition, each one of them put a note in the wall, it being a custom according to the Jewish tradition to write one’s supplications, wishes, and requests from God.’”