Israel Police has announced a new regulation, prohibiting a woman from visiting the holy site dressed in a bridal gown for police feel wearing such a dress is provocative.
A kallah arrived at the holy site on Wednesday morning 13 Menachem Av, dressed in her white gown. It is pointed out she was not the first kallah dressed in her gown to visit Har Habayis, but police have decided this is no longer permitted. Police told the young lady on Wednesday morning if she wishes to enter the holy site she must change clothing since the gown is provocative. Last week police instructed a woman to remove her menorah earrings if she wanted to enter the site.
Yael Chavilov, who heads Women for the Mikdosh sent an angry letter to Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan seeking an explanation for this new regulation, which she calls “absurd”, questioning the rationale behind preventing a kallah from visiting Har Habayis. She cites other examples in which others were instructed to remove tee shirts and other articles of clothing viewed as provocative by police.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)