Sharansky: Kotel arrests flag need to resolve issue

Five women detained for wearing prayer shawls; Jewish Agency chair: Incident flags urgent need for egalitarian section.

April 11, 2013 12:27
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Law enforcement officials escort Women of the Wall Director Lesley Sachs.

Lesley Sachs arrest 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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Chairman of the Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky said the detainment of five women at the Western Wall on Thursday morning was proof of the immediate need to find a way for allowing Jews from all streams to pray as they please at the site.

The women were detained at the monthly prayer service of the Women of the Wall activist group, which has been conducting a concerted campaign to change the current status quo at the Western Wall.

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Between 200 to 300 women participated in Thursday’s prayer service.

Sharansky said that Thursday’s events “are one more reminder of the urgent need to reach a permanent solution and make the Western Wall once again a symbol of unity among the Jewish people, and not one of discord and strife.”

Among those arrested was the director of the Women of the Wall group, Lesley Sachs.

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