Jerusalem’s chief rabbi on Tuesday lashed out at Reform Jews, saying they were worse than Holocaust deniers for defying Orthodox Jewish law on gender separation and insisting on the right to mixed-gender prayer at the Western Wall in the city.
A woman stripped off her clothes at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday and ran from the women’s section toward the men’s section of the holy site.
New York – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in an interview that the Western Wall belongs to Israel and Israel’s capital should be in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem – The Trump administration official who said the Western Wall is not part of Israel was David Berns, the political counselor at the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, according to an Israeli television news report.
A senior US administration official told Israeli officials that the Western Wall was not in Israeli territory and was part of the ‘West Bank,’ Channel 2 reported.
Two women who attempted to pray at the Western Wall are suing the Rabbi of the Western Wall and the Israel Police for NIS 100,000 after they were subjected to a physical search before being allowed into the site.
A special Channel 2 investigation revealed that from the beginning of Shabbat until its end, as well as on festivals, religiously garbed Jews do no undergo security checks at the Western Wall.
In a strong rebuke to the ultra-Orthodox custodian of the Western Wall, the High Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that women are not to be subjected any longer to intense body searches when entering the Western Wall.
The Shas party said Monday it would propose a bill that would make it illegal to hold pluralistic prayer services at the Western Wall plaza.