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East Jerusalem: Scuffles erupt as women pray with Torah scrolls at Western Wall01:58

East Jerusalem: Scuffles erupt as women pray with Torah scrolls at Western Wall

Disputed Territory, East Jerusalem
November 2, 2016 at 12:34 GMT -00:00 · Published

Scuffles broke out between Ultra-Orthodox Jews and a liberal Jewish protest group calling for equal prayer rights for women in front of Jerusalem's Western Wall in Israeli-occupied territory, Wednesday.

Despite women not being permitted to carry Torah scrolls in traditional Judaism, some 200 supporters of the Women of the Wall group marched on the holy site, with several attempting to reach the Wall with the religious documents. Orthodox counter protesters blocked the protesters, reportedly grabbing the scrolls out of their hands.

The female protesters eventually entered the women’s section of the Western Wall with several of the holy scrolls, carrying out what is believed to be the first Jewish prayer service led by women at the site.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had previously asked the protesters not to attempt the prayer service in a bid to avoid "unnecessary friction”. Following the action, the prime minister’s office released a statement calling the protest an “unfortunate incident”, adding that the demonstration had not helped advance a solution for prayer arrangements in Jerusalem's Old City.

East Jerusalem: Scuffles erupt as women pray with Torah scrolls at Western Wall01:58
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Scuffles broke out between Ultra-Orthodox Jews and a liberal Jewish protest group calling for equal prayer rights for women in front of Jerusalem's Western Wall in Israeli-occupied territory, Wednesday.

Despite women not being permitted to carry Torah scrolls in traditional Judaism, some 200 supporters of the Women of the Wall group marched on the holy site, with several attempting to reach the Wall with the religious documents. Orthodox counter protesters blocked the protesters, reportedly grabbing the scrolls out of their hands.

The female protesters eventually entered the women’s section of the Western Wall with several of the holy scrolls, carrying out what is believed to be the first Jewish prayer service led by women at the site.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had previously asked the protesters not to attempt the prayer service in a bid to avoid "unnecessary friction”. Following the action, the prime minister’s office released a statement calling the protest an “unfortunate incident”, adding that the demonstration had not helped advance a solution for prayer arrangements in Jerusalem's Old City.

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