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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


“70 Years of Independence. We achieved many things for the State, equality for women is not one of them.
On Rosh Chodesh Iyar [first day of the Jewish month], the month that marks the independence of the State that was established so that every Jew can maintain their religion without interference, Rachel Cohen Yeshurun, member of the organization's administration, entered the Western Wall with a Torah scroll. Five minutes later, seven of the Western Wall stewards arrived, grabbed the book violently, and left blue marks on her hands and in her heart disappointment and pain.
Where were the police? They refused to accept Rachel's pleas to defend her and claimed that she did not have the authority to intervene.
Good luck Israel. We wish you and us many more years of equality, love and mutual respect.”

– The Women of the Wall [1]

0202 Editor's notes:
[1] Neshot Hakotel (in Hebrew: Women of the Wall) is a multi-denominational feminist organization based in Israel whose goal is to secure the rights of women to pray at the Western Wall, in a fashion that includes singing, reading aloud from the Torah and wearing religious garments, which in the Orthodox world are designated for men, (tallit, tefillin and kippah). The group’s protest is due to the restrictions set by the Western Wall Rabbi that enforce gender segregation and limitations on religious garb worn by women.

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