Jerusalem - Israel’s Reform Jews Call For Removal Of Religious Affairs Minister Over ‘Offensive’ Comment

Published on: June 17th, 2015 at 03:17 PM

Jerusalem – Leaders of Reform Jewry in Israel are demanding the removal of the new minister of religious affairs David Azoulay after he called the Reform movement a “disaster for the nation” Wednesday.

Azoulay, a member of the Orthodox Mizrahi Shas party, made his comment in a meeting with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked regarding the government’s position on Women of the Wall, the feminist prayer group that makes monthly meetings at the Western Wall, according to Haaretz ( ).

Azoulay reportedly referred to group members as “provocateurs” for defying Orthodox customs.

Women of the Wall issued a statement saying that expect Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked not to take part in discriminatory regulations.

Reform Jewry reps sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking that he remove himself publicly from the comments.

Azoulay replaced Naftali Bennett as religious affairs minister.

Information taken from Haaretz

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