Woman who disrobed at Western Wall detained by Jerusalem police

In light of the incident, authorities summoned the young woman's parents, who said that their daughter suffered from mental illness.

June 11, 2017 16:23
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A view of the Western Wall, the Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

The normally staid Western Wall became the scene of a bizarre spectacle Sunday afternoon, when an unidentified 23-year-old Jewish woman was arrested in the women’s section for completely disrobing and attempting to pray at the holy site.

According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the Israeli woman took off all of her clothing shortly after arriving at the women’s section at approximately 3:30 p.m.

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“She removed all of her clothes, at which time guards and police officers immediately approached her to cover her up in order to prevent a large-scale incident from taking place,” he said.

“The woman was then removed from the area, taken to a police station and questioned before undergoing a psychological evaluation,” Rosenfeld added, noting that despite the sensitivity of the episode, no further disturbances were caused.

Earlier on Sunday morning, the Temple Mount was temporarily closed off to Muslims after a rock was thrown by an Arab assailant at a Jewish group visiting the contested holy site, lightly wounding one man.

Rosenfeld said the incident took place shortly after 9 a.m. as the group toured the area where tens of thousands of Muslims have converged during Ramadan.

“One stone was thrown at a group of tourists, lightly wounding one man, and as a result of that, the entrances to the Temple Mount were closed to Muslims for roughly 20 minutes in order to search for the suspects who were behind the incident,” he said. “After police arrested two people based on the investigation that took place, it was then reopened again to all visitors.”

Rosenfeld said the two unidentified Arab suspects were questioned and arraigned at Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court shortly after their arrest.

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