On March 15, 2010, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemned the rededication of the Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem as a “war crime,” and called on EU member states to boycott Israeli goods in protest. PCHR also accused the “Israeli Occupation Forces” of “impos[ing] a tightened closure on the old city in East Jerusalem” in response to the violence. PCHR did not condemn Hamas’ violent “Day of Rage” and the Palestinian rioting in Jerusalem.

The Hurva Synagogue, built during the 1700s, was destroyed by Jordanian forces after the Jewish population of the Old City was expelled in 1948.