April 2, 1991 |
The judge asked the police witness about a group of worshipers praying at Al Aqsa mosque during riots and police suppression there last October. "No, I only saw blood," the policeman responded, according to the account in the weekly newspaper Kol Hair that was confirmed by lawyers. "Where?" asked the judge. "On the floor." "Did this make an impression on you?" "No. Why should it? Neat, groovy."
October 13, 1990 |
The United States, usually a staunch defender of Israel, joined other members of the U.N. Security Council late Friday in unanimously condemning that nation for the killing of more than 19 Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
October 9, 1990 |
Israeli police Monday shot and killed at least 19 Palestinians who were raining down stones on Jews worshiping in Jerusalem's Old City, in the worst outburst of violence in nearly three years of the Palestinian uprising. About 150 other Palestinians were wounded in the bout of civil unrest, which was on a scale with the most serious in decades of Jewish-Arab strife. The site of the incident was the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the Haram al Sharif, or noble sanctuary.
August 22, 1989 |
Israel's Supreme Court barred a Jewish women's group Monday from chanting prayers or reading the Bible aloud at Jerusalem's Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site. Ultra-Orthodox men and women have complained about the Women of the Wall group, which prays once a month at the Western Wall, a remnant of the Second Temple that is also known as the Wailing Wall. They say that, under Jewish law, women worshipers should not be heard in the presence of men.
August 2, 1989 |
Female security forces dragged a dozen praying women from Judaism's holiest shrine, the Wailing Wall, when disturbances erupted during a service today. A group called Women at the Wall aroused anger among ultra-orthodox Jews by holding collective prayers on the women's side of the wall. The ultra-orthodox believe women's voices should not be heard during prayer. One woman screamed at the group, throwing water and gravel at them. Others yelled for quiet, creating a din above the prayers.
March 20, 1989 |
Orthodox Jewish men hurled chairs, bottles and fruit at about 50 feminists who worshiped today at the sacred Western Wall, and police fired tear gas to break up the melee, police said. Orthodox tradition regulates how men and women may worship, and today's altercation was believed related to past efforts by Jewish feminists to worship freely at the wall. One woman was slightly injured by a chair that struck her head and neck, police spokesman Uzi Sandori said.
December 2, 1988 |
Jewish feminists in prayer shawls and skullcaps and carrying a Torah sparked furious protests from ultra-Orthodox rabbis Thursday when they prayed at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest shrine. "A woman carrying a Torah is like a pig at the Wailing Wall," said Rabbi Meir Yehuda Getz, who is in charge of the site.
October 15, 1986 |
Hand grenades were thrown tonight at a crowd of Israeli soldiers and their parents near Jerusalem's Wailing Wall, Judaism's holiest site, causing at least 40 casualties in the most serious attack in the city in 2 1/2 years. Reports on police radio monitored by the Visnews television agency said an undisclosed number of people were killed in the apparent Arab guerrilla attack. Mayor Teddy Kollek called the bombing "a large-scale disaster."