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NIF Protests Anat Hoffman’s Arrest in Jerusalem

17 October 2012 By Ruby Ong

17 October 2012

The New Israel Fund strongly protests the arrest and harsh treatment of our friend and grantee Anat Hoffman for praying at the Western Wall yesterday. Anat’s dedication to religious pluralism and women’s rights, and her leadership of the Israel Religious Action Center and Women of the Wall, should be a beacon of pride for Israel. Instead, her repeated arrests, and her particularly harsh treatment by the police yesterday, send the message that the authorities are doing the bidding of the most exclusionary ultra-Orthodox interests who insist on their right to control and define the role of women worshippers at this holy site.

The Western Wall belongs to every Jew, male and female, of every denomination. We applaud and support Anat’s attempts to remind the government of the Jewish homeland that there should be no restrictions or punishment of the exercise of the right to Jewish religious practice.

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