Mother of woman who stripped at Kotel: This wasn't a provocation

Family of 23-year old woman who undressed in front of Western Wall begs social media outlets to remove video of incident.

David Rosenberg,

Female worshippers at Western Wall (Kotel)
Female worshippers at Western Wall (Kotel)

The young woman who stripped naked in front of the Western Wall Sunday was not seeking to cause an uproar at the popular prayer spot, the woman’s mother claims, adding that the family is horrified by the videos and images of the incident now circulating on the news and social media networks.

On Sunday, the 23-year old woman in question visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem. During her visit, the young woman suddenly began to undress, to the shock of worshippers gathered in the Western Wall Plaza.

“She came in [to the Plaza] fully-dressed,” a witness told Channel 2. “Then at one point she started to undress, acting as if she had a purpose, like she wanted to make a provocation.”

“People started to shout and cry out, and as she headed towards the men’s section, she was stopped by force.”

The young woman walked out of the women’s section and headed towards the men’s section – only to be accosted by plaza security guards, who removed her to a nearby restroom and detained her there until police arrived. Officers covered the young woman up and took her in for questioning and psychological evaluation.

Police say the woman appears to be suffering from a mental disorder.

On Monday, the woman’s mother, while not confirming if her daughter does in fact suffer from mental illness, told Channel 2 that the incident Sunday was not intended as a provocation.

The woman said the family had suffered greatly from the unwanted attention following the incident, and begged news outlets to cease publicizing photos and video clips of their daughter.

“We are begging, please leave us alone, this wasn’t a provocation. I’m asking for the spreading of these images to stop.”

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