On the day after Tisha B'Av 5778 a 400Kg (estimated) stone fell off the Kotel.
It was subsequently moved - for safekeeping - close to the Gate of the Moors, a.k.a. the Mughrabi Gate.
I am wondering what the sides of the debate are. We already discussed Plants growing out of the Kotel and the accepted answer states that they should not be picked because [leaving them lying around] adds to the feeling of despair.
That would actually point to not moving the stone, but I assume it was moved for safety reasons, and to prevent tourists from picking off chips for souvenirs.
Now that it's been moved, would it have any Halachic special status?
- It was part of the Western retaining wall of the Temple Mount, and not actually part of the Bet HaMikdash as such.
- OTOH, we do treat the Kotel as if it has a special holiness, so maybe from a Minhag aspect, (if it's not a Din) it should have some special status.
But I can't find any specific related Halachot. Sources welcome!