Israeli Police Arrest Jewish Female Activist For Wearing Traditional Male Garb At Holy Site [View all]
By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 3:37 PM
JERUSALEM ó Israeli police say they have arrested a female Jewish activist leader for wearing a traditionally male prayer shawl at a Jerusalem holy site, an act police prohibit because of Orthodox Jewish sensitivities. She was with an American Jewish womenís group.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says police detained the activist for causing a public disturbance and wearing the garment. Police say they seek to prevent scuffles with Orthodox Jewish worshippers at the Western Wall, one of Judaismís holiest sites.
Anat Hoffman leads the liberal Jewish group Women of the Wall. She was arrested while leading prayers for 200 American Jewish women from the Hadassah organization.