‘Women of the Wall’ chairwoman Anat Hoffman confirms signing a police order banning her from the Kosel for 30 days after being arrested on Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan after reciting Shema out loud.
The battle of these women has been ongoing for many years, returning to the Kosel every rosh chodesh, trying to put on talis and tefillin and davening aloud with a minyan. A High Court of Justice ruling permits them to do so at the location in the plaza known as Robinson’s Arch, but they remain adamant in their quest to do so in the ezras noshim of the Kosel.
The daily Haaretz quotes Hoffman as saying “I was arrested, I was strip-searched, hand-cuffed and leg-cuffed, and I had to sleep on the floor. My wrists are bruised from being dragged on the floor.”
Hoffman, 58, a former American, explains that in the past 24 years she has been detained many many times, questioning the legitimacy of the action of police.
Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld explains that Hoffman could have been released shortly after being detained but when she refused to sign the 30-day ban she was detained overnight.
Hoffman adds police also wanted a 5,000 NIS bail guarantee that she will comply with the ban. She demanded to bring this matter to a court of law and she was brought before a court the following morning, Wednesday, the second day of Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan 5773. The court reduced the bail guarantee to 2,500 NIS. She paid, signed the conditional release and left, vowing the women will continue their struggle.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)