Israeli police arrested 10 women, including the sister and niece of comedienne Sarah Silverman, for wearing prayer shawls while praying at Jerusalem's sacred "Wailing Wall."
The Jerusalem Post reports that the women were part of a monthly service organized by a liberal group, Women of the Wall, that meets at the holy site. The gathering was given added support this month by the presence of veterans who fought at the Western Wall during the 1967 Six-Day War.
According to The Independent, Silverman's sister Susan, a rabbi, as well as her 17-year-old niece Hallel were arrested for wearing a blue-and-white shawl known as a "tallitot," a garment that is worn by Orthodox Jewish men. Women of the Wall's founder Anat Hoffman was also arrested over the demonstration.
"I was proud to take a stand for something I believe in. There is inequality at the Western Wall,” Hallel Silverman told the New York Daily News. »
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