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