MKs slam colleagues who joined Women of the Wall

Dr. Aliza Lavie is "shocked" fellow female Knesset members wore tallitot, says MKs must serve as an "example for obeying the law."

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March 12, 2013 17:25
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Several MKs, including Aliza Lavie of Yesh Atid, have criticized the participation of their Knesset colleagues in Tuesday’s Women of the Wall prayer service at the Western Wall.

Lavie, author of A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book, said the attendance of MKs Stav Shaffir, Tamar Zandberg and Michal Roisin at the service sends a message to the Israeli public that “Supreme Court rulings and police decisions are merely recommendations.”

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Lavie labeled the participation of her fellow MKs in the service as a blatant violation of a 2003 Supreme Court decision on the matter.

“We as MKs should serve as an example for obeying the law,” Lavie said in a statement to the press. “I was shocked to find out this morning that my friends and members of Knesset were wearing tallitot [prayer shawls] at the Western Wall plaza, especially given my admiration for their activities.”

The Yesh Atid MK said that she would continue to work toward a new arrangement to make the holy site accessible for all, while taking into consideration the sensitivities of all concerned.

Likud MK Miri Regev also weighed in on the controversy, calling the attendance of MKs Shaffir and Zandberg “a provocation” that does not advance the public conversation.

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