Ahead of Tisha B’Av, Jewish Extremists Occupy Egalitarian Section of Western Wall

Judy Maltz
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In a bid to prevent a revival of the Western Wall deal, which would provide the non-Orthodox movements with a new and revamped prayer plaza at the southern expanse of the Jewish holy site, right-wing religious activists are physically occupying the area.

Dozens of them gathered at the site Monday evening for a study session and for prayers, and similar events are planned for the rest of this week, which coincides with the traditional nine days of mourning preceding the annual fast day of Tisha B’Av. The southern area of the Western Wall is typically reserved for egalitarian prayer services held by Conservative and Reform groups. Tisha B’Av, which begins on Saturday night, commemorates the destruction of the ancient Jewish temples.

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