Harper praying near the Western Wall.
The visit of the Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, to the Dome of the Rock, was called off after Harper was told that his Jewish guards would not be allowed to enter the area.
Yesterday, Harper visited the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, and stopped to place a note in the wall as he took a moment of silent introspection.
B’nai Brith Canada’s CEO, Frank Dimant, said that his organization has “raised this issue with Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom.”
Equal access must be given to Jewish worshipers wishing to ascend the Temple Mount. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the religious discrimination going on at the hands of the Islamic Waqf responsible for administering the site.
Harper’s visit to Yad Vashem after the jump.
Harper also made a solemn visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum, where he paid respects to the 6 million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Second World War.
Dimant, who is the son of survivors from Auschwitz and Dachau, said that visiting the museum “undoubtedly reinforced Mr. Harper’s pride and understanding, not only about what Israel has achieved in the shadow of the horrors of the Holocaust, but how the Canadian government made terrible mistakes in the 1930s.”