Four women were detained by Israel Police on Friday morning after donning prayer shawls at the Western Wall. The World Union for Progressive Judaism expressed outrage at the arrests and urged the authorities to create a third section of prayer at the site, where women and men could pray together.
The women arrived with Women of the Wall, a group of Jewish women who fight for the right to wear tallitot (shawls ), pray and read from the Torah out loud at the Western Wall.
"How ironic that, as Jews around the world celebrate the victory of spirit over forced assimilation, Jews who want to pray have their rights denied by an ultra-Orthodox hegemony," the Progressive Judaism organization - an international umbrella of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Reconstructionist Jewish movements - said in a statement. "We call upon the state to heed its own Supreme Court and find a resolution. Until that happens, Israel still fails to live up to the ideals upon which it was founded, as a haven for Jews everywhere."