Women of the Wall write a letter in protest of Arye Deri's decision

The organization expressed great concern about the decision, despite "the pain caused by leaving the Western Wall empty for the first time in the State of Israel's history."

Members of "Women of the Wall" pray with a Torah scroll during a monthly prayer near the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City July 24, 2017 (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Members of "Women of the Wall" pray with a Torah scroll during a monthly prayer near the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City July 24, 2017
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
The Women of the Wall have written a letter of protest against Interior Minister Arye Deri and the government's decision to allow a minyan (a 10-member quorum) of men to pray at the Western Wall three times a day. 
The organization expressed great concern about the decision, despite "the pain caused by leaving the Western Wall empty for the first time in the State of Israel's history," and bashed Deri for making a decision born only out of "political pressure."
They called the decision "life threatening," as they fear that it will further the spread of the coronavirus, endangering first the worshipers, and then anyone they come into contact with. 
"It delivers a message of recklessness and disregard of the Health Ministry's guidelines, to the public who already have trouble implementing [the guidelines] so far, bringing disaster on us all," they wrote.
They noted the ministry's exclusion of women from the decision, however continued their letter stating that although they, "wish to return to the Western Wall soon," they do it "without the intentions of jeopardizing the health and safety of anyone else in doing so."