PROTECT WOW NOW!
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To Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu,
We the undersigned refuse to be indifferent. Every month we witness mounting violence against Women of the Wall. We recognize this group of fearless women as our voice at the Wall every month. They perfectly reflect our customs: Women in our congregations lead in prayer, wear a Tallit, read from the Torah and lay phylacteries.
It is inconceivable that the same customs are subject to violence and harassment in Israel, the Jewish Homeland. If this violence is permitted to continue, it may end tragically.
The writing is on the Wall.
We demand that in the name of Israel’s own Declaration of Independence which ensures “complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex” and guarantees freedom of religion and conscience, Women of the Wall will be allowed to pray peacefully.
We turn to you, Mr. Prime Minister, with an urgent and pressing petition: Protect the brave Women of the Wall. Provide them with a safe and secure environment. Make the Kotel a place where every Jewish man and woman are safe from harm.
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Women of the Wall, (Neshot Hakotel – נשות הכותל in Hebrew) is a group of Jewish women from Israel and around the world who strive to achieve the right to wear prayer shawls, pray and read from the Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem, Israel. The Western Wall is Judaism’s most sacred holy site and the principal symbol of Jewish peoplehood and sovereignty, and Women of the Wall works to make it a holy site where women can pray freely. Women of the Wall is comprised of women from all denominations of Judaism – Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Masorti, Renewal and Reconstructionist.
Women of the Wall | P.O. Box 31936 | Jerusalem 91319 | +972.2.620.3290
Photo Credit: Hila Shiloni | Video Credit: Gal Ziv-Paznoa, Oshrat Ben-Shimshon, Mona Mor, Hila Perl