Jewish Women Arrested for Praying at Jerusalem's Western Wall

Ten women were arrested at the Western Wall in Jerusalem in February 2013 for leading out in prayer and wearing prayer shawls. They are part of 'Women of the Wall', a group seeking to allow women the legal right 'to wear prayer shawls, pray, and read from the Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall' (Women of the Wall). Their arrests indicate the growing divide between secular Jews and the religious-political state establishment (read full story here).

In April five more women were arrested for illegal worship at the Western Wall but the Judge hearing their case ordered their release. One of the women arrested noted that 'it is unfathomable that in 2013, Israel is the only place in the world where Jewish women are arrested for praying.'

Creating a place for such worship at the Western Wall has been presented to the Israeli government and has been approved by Jews in the US but some believe it will take years before such a proposal becomes law and police have said they will continue arresting women and others who break the law at the Western Wall.

Read Full Story