Woman shows up at Western Wall in her underwear

Shas proposed a law on Thursday that would impose a prison sentence or a fine on women who dressed immodestly at the Western Wall.

Women are seen walking across the Western Wall site in a photo taken February 9, 2023  (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Women are seen walking across the Western Wall site in a photo taken February 9, 2023
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

A woman showed up at the Western Wall wearing only underwear on Sunday according to an Israel Police Spokesperson.

Photos posted online showed the woman wearing only a bra and underwear with the word "Bibi" written on her thigh, seemingly as a message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The police detained the 35-year-old woman on suspicion of purposely disrespecting a holy place.

The woman's presence at the Western Wall in that appearance upset people who felt that it was a provocation.

'A shocking provocation that shouldn't have happened'

"This is a shocking provocation and desecration of a holy place that never should have happened," said Raphi, who was at the wall when the woman was there, to N12. "As a haredi man, I think that it's a shame that Shas chose to propose an unnecessary and polarizing bill. Other than being a poke in the eye, this law has no goal, and this is the result."

Women are seen walking across the Western Wall site in a photo taken February 9, 2023  (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)Women are seen walking across the Western Wall site in a photo taken February 9, 2023 (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

"Other than being a poke in the eye, this law has no goal, and this is the result."

Raphi

The rabbi of the Western Wall expressed to N12 deep sorrow at what he called a "despicable provocation that was done in the square while trampling the holiness of the place and insulting the public and those praying." 

He added that "the Western Wall is a holy site for every Jew. It needs to be kept out of any conflict and provocation."

On Thursday, Shas Chairman Arye Deri proposed a bill that would impose a six-month prison sentence or NIS 10,000 fine on women who did not dress modestly at the Western Wall. Netanyahu and Justice Minister Yariv Levin later said the bill would not be advanced.