Women of the Wall 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
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.”
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
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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