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    Posted July 14, 2013 by
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    Women of the Wall Demand Equal Rights

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     markpel observed prayers and dancing near the famous Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel, on the weekend of June 30. He was visiting Kotel, to him "the most important place in Jerusalem."
    - jccarp, CNN iReport producer

    The remnant of the ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, The Western Wall, in Hebrew known as Kotel, is one of the holiest places for the Jewish people.

     

    For 25 years, the organisation Women of the Wall, around 200 women, has been demanding equal rights at the Kotel.

     

    The central goal of Women of the Wall is to achieve the social and legal recognition of their right as women to wear prayer shawls tradionally used by men and pray and read from Torah collectively and loud at the Western Wall.

     

    Their main aim is to end separation between men and women at the Western Wall.

     

    During the last few months the situation between Women of the Wall and ultra-Orthodox Jews as well as with police has escalated with confrontation and tumults at the Wall. Activists and ultra-Orthodox Jews have been temporarily arrested.

     

    One of the most important achievements of modern Israel is the equality of women. This, however, has never materialised at the Western Wall.

     

    Markku Rainer Peltonen

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