Israeli Knesset Introduces New Law to Ban Women from Holiest Site


The “Only Democracy” in the Middle East, Israel, has had 16 lawmakers introduce a bill that would effectively ban women from wearing shawls at the Western Wall, from reading Torah at the Western Wall and from other religious practises. Haaretz reports:

A group of 16 members of the ruling coalition submitted a bill to the Knesset on Sunday that would prohibit any practices at the Western Wall that are not deemed strictly Orthodox. The bill would prevent women from wearing prayer shawls and tefillin, from reading from a Torah and from blowing a shofar at the Jewish holy site.

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Western Wall (center-foreground), Masjid as Sakhra (background).

It would also prevent men and women from holding mixed services at the area known as the upper plaza, right above the gender-separated prayer plazas adjacent to the actual wall. If passed into law, the bill would constitute a major setback for Women of the Wall, the multi-denominational feminist prayer group, which has been holding a monthly prayer service at the Western Wall for the past 27 years. Many of the participants in this service wear prayer shawls and tefillin, and the group has been fighting for years to be allowed to read from a Torah scroll at the site.

Those who violate its restrictions would face heavy sanctions: six months in prison or a 10,000-shekel fine.

The push for this ban, comes from the same sect of Judaism that banned women from driving in London, in order to protect the women’s modesty. This also follows from a related sect of Judaism banning women from going to University, due to the possibility of women learning dangerous things, the decree was made in New York but applies to the sect’s followers worldwide.

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Christian and Nationalist groups have yet to protest this oppression of women in the Middle East’s “only democracy”, they have also yet to complain about the religious Jewish groups importing oppressive and archaic religious laws into their secular countries as much as they have complained about the Shari’ah being “anti-women” and barbaric.

and God knows best.

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