Despite fears, haredi protest against WoW minimal

Police: There were no problems at Western Wall this time because we separated Women of Wall from haredi protesters with barriers.

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June 9, 2013 08:34
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Haredim demonstrate against Women of the Wall at the Western Wall, June 9, 2013.

Anti WoW protest at Kotel 370. (photo credit: News 24 Agency)

 
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The Women of the Wall prayed at their monthly gathering at the Western Wall on Sunday morning without incident, despite heightened police alerts – and an accompanying media frenzy – due to a scheduled mass protest organized by the senior haredi rabbinic leadership.

Although thousands of haredi protesters threatened to gather at the Kotel to condemn the women’s organization for donning traditionally male prayer garb while praying, less than 200 demonstrators came to the holy site, most of whom kept to themselves.

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Regardless of the low haredi turnout, members of WoW were protected at all times by iron police barricades and hundreds of officers who stood between them and potential aggressors.

Additionally, a police helicopter hovered above the scene for the duration of their prayers to ensure order.

While relieved that no violence ensued, worshipers expressed frustration that their morning prayers took on a circus-like environment due to the hundreds of police, media and gawkers clustering together in case of a confrontation.

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