Western Wall and Holy Sites Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz expressed regret over what he called the "provocation" of a group of women who wore tallitot (prayer shawls) while they prayed at the Western Wall on Thursday morning. Police arrested five women including Director of the Women of the Wall, Lesley Sachs.
The rabbi said the women's actions breached the court's decision and disturbed others praying at the Kotel. He added that the fact that they were continuing to act in this way despite the compromise proposed by Sharansky was "clear evidence that their purpose it so stir controversy and hurt other people's feelings while increasing polarization among the people and turning the Kotel into a battlefield of fanaticism."
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