The Women of the Wall activist group announced on Monday a list of demands it
would be making ahead of a meeting with cabinet secretary Avichai Mendelblit to
reach a solution for its ongoing battle for equal prayer rights at the Western
If all of the demands are met and an agreeable solution is found,
Women of the Wall chair Anat Hoffman said that the group would give up its right
to pray in the women’s section of the main Western Wall plaza.
organization said in September that it would be willing to relocate its prayer
services to a pluralistic section on condition that certain requirements for
such an area are realized.
Speaking to the press on Monday, Hoffman said
that principle among the demands was that the new prayer area will form one
contiguous space, touching the Western Wall itself, accessible from the main
plaza and at the same height as the Western Wall plaza as it is known
Hoffman said however, that WoW was willing to be flexible on the
height of the prayer area.
The Robinson’s Arch area, just south of the
main plaza, is significantly lower than the Western Wall prayer
Hoffman said it was also critical that the new prayer area be open
24 hours a day, seven days a week and that this was another demand that must be
fulfilled to satisfy the group.
WoW will also insist that the Western
Wall Heritage Foundation, which runs the main plaza, will not have
administrative authority over the new prayer area.
Hoffman said that the
organization will demand that a separate administrative body be set up to manage
the prayer area comprised of people sympathetic to pluralist prayer.
its demands are met and an agreement is reached, Hoffman said that the group
would reluctantly give up its right to pray in the women’s section of the main
Earlier this year, the Jerusalem District Court ruled that
women could pray unhindered with prayer shawls and tefillin in the women’s
section,which had been prohibited by law and enforced by police arrest.
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