Jerusalem - Police Arrest Women Of The Wall Leader For Singing
Jerusalem - Chairwoman of the Women of the Wall activist group Anat Hoffman was arrested Tuesday night for disturbing the peace by singing out loud at the Western Wall.
Hoffman, along with 250 women from the movement and from the Hadassah organization went to the site for a prayer service for the new Jewish month.
She was held overnight and released after 12 hours in police custody, and issued with a restraining order banning her from visiting the Western Wall for 30 days.
Two more women, Lesley Sachs, Director of Women of the Wall and board member Rachel Cohen-Yeshurun, were arrested Wednesday morning at another women’s prayer service.
They were detained and questioned for several hours and subsequently released.
Several similar incidents have occurred in recent months
In a press statement, the group said that it remains “committed to their struggle to gain the right of all women to pray at the Kotel, each according to her own custom, with Torah, Tallit and voices raised in song.”
Israeli law, upheld by the Supreme Court, stipulates that it is forbidden to conduct a religious ceremony “contrary to accepted practice” at a holy site, or one that may “hurt the feelings of other worshipers.”
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