The Women at the Wall, a group of Jewish women who have long sought the right to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem along with men, did so for the first time with police protection on Friday. But they were greeted by thousands of yeshiva students — including Haredi girls — who attacked them verbally and physically.
Protests at the Western Wall in Jerusalem opposing the Women of the Wall prayer group ended on Friday morning with the arrest of three haredi men suspected of disturbing the peace, as well as two police officers who suffered light injuries and were treated at the scene. A large number of security forces were at the holy site, attempting to create a human barrier between the men and women’s sections.
Haredi protesters threw water bottles and other objects and shouted insults at the Women of the Wall activists, according to Israel Radio.
Rabbi Susan Silverman, comedian Sarah Silverman’s sister who prays with the Women of the Wall, was at the protest where she said that haredi men spit globs of spit on her three daughters. she told The Jerusalem Post. Silverman also said that the haredim threw coffee at the Women of the Wall activists and that a little girl next to her was hit in the head with something hard.
Now here’s the truly staggering part of all this. The rabbi who oversees the Western Wall says the victims of this violence are to blame for the whole thing:
Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz told The Jerusalem Post in an exclusive interview on Friday that the Women of the Wall organization are forcefully imposing their opinions on others and he begged that they stop.
No, you ass. The only ones “imposing” their opinions are the ones throwing bottles and spitting on other people. Here’s my transcription of part of his statement on video:
To continue and create a situation in which many people and a large crowd that a certain custom stabs their heart, to try and do that on purpose, in front of them, I think it is really inappropriate.
Yeah, just like it was really inappropriate for black people to go and eat at whites-only lunch counters and “stab their hearts” with the presence of people they don’t want there. He forgets, of course, that the only reason there was a large crowd there was that the enemies of equality brought in thousands of protesters to abuse these women.
God damn, am I tired of bigots.