Thursday, August 23, 2012

Opinion: Tolerance at the Kotel

It is precisely at times when the vocal majority attempts to impose its religious sensibilities on an embattled minority that a true democracy is tested.
 Photo: Marc Israel Sellem /The Jerusalem Post
Police arrested four women and grilled them for over two hours before bringing them before the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court. Their crime? Praying at the Western Wall (the Kotel) while wearing prayer shawls.

The court issued restraining orders against the four shawl-wearing supplicants, forbidding them to enter the Western Wall plaza for 50 days. As The Jerusalem Post’s Religious Affairs reporter Jeremy Sharon pointed out, the four women – one aged 62 – were singled out for arrest because they chose to wear a specific type of prayer shawl. -- Jerusalem Post

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