Prayers by a liberal Jewish women’s group at a key Jerusalem holy site passed without incident Sunday, in contrast to violent scuffles with ultra-Orthodox protesters a month ago.
The women wear prayer shawls and other religious articles that ultra-Orthodox tradition holds are strictly for men.
Police escorted the women to and from the site Sunday morning. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said some ultra-Orthodox men shouted insults, but police made no arrests.
Last month’s prayer service by the Women of the Wall, a women’s prayer group that seeks equality of worship at the Western Wall, was marred by violence as some protesters yelled obscenities and scuffled with police.
The group has been holding monthly prayer services on the first day of the Hebrew month at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, for more than two decades.
This historic and rare footage of Palestine depicts men and women at the Western Wall, the women covered in head-scarfs and long dresses, praying freely next to pious men – with no separator in between them.