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  Sivan 1, 5773 , 10/05/13

Two More Arrested at Western Wall Plaza

Authorities detained two more people, Friday morning at the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem, where thousands of hareidi-religious Jews turned out to disrupt a traditional morning service in honor of the new Jewish month of Sivan by the non-traditional Women of the Wall. The arrests brought to three those arrested in clashes between the hareidim and police assigned to prevent interference with the observance.

Chairwoman Miri Regev of the Knesset Interior Committee reported stormy spirits among those present, as well as scenes that were difficult to watch. She added, "This scene could have been avoided if the state of Israel had not been asleep on the watch. I support the Supreme Court decision of 10 years ago that determined everyone can pray according to his(/her) custom and to prepare the Robinson Arch [at the intersection of the Western and Southern Walls -ed.] for mixed [gender] prayers, so that men can pray alone and women can pray alone."

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