Filled with Inaccuracies - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Stefanie Raker
    • 24.10.12 | 18:54 (IST)

    This article is wildly inaccurate. The Supreme Court of Israel repeatedly recognized the rights of the women who petitioned them to pray according to their custom at the Kotel - in group prayer with other Jewish women, with Torah reading, wearing talitot. The Supreme Court held that the Government of Israel is required to make arrangements for the women to be able to do so - such as specific times and days (the women had requested once a month on Rosh Hodesh mornings). It was the Government of Israel which appealed this decision. The Government claimed that the site of Robinson's Arch was a suitable alternative. In a further decision the Supreme Court again upheld women's rights to pray in this way at the Kotel, and expressed doubt as to whether Robinson's Arch could be made into a suitable prayer site, but it gave the Government of Israel 12 months to try and prepare Robinson's Arch as a prayer site. However, it also ruled that if this was not done properly AND if that arrangement was not acceptable to BOTH parties to the suit, then the Government of Israel is OBLIGATED to make arrangements, such as specific times and days, so that the women can pray at the Kotel according to their custom. The Robinson's Arch site is an archeological site in which prayer services are occasionally arranged but it is not a suitable alternative prayer site. The Supreme Court decision is clear: the Government of Israel is obligated to make arrangements for women to pray according to their custom - in group prayer, with Torah reading, wearing talitot - in the women's section of the Kotel.

    from the article: Women who libel Israel
    First published 11:58 24.10.12 | Last updated 11:58 24.10.12
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