Dozens of protesters clashed with about 200 Reform and Conservative leaders and activists who were marching to the Western Wall in order to enter the holy site with Torah scrolls.

The Western Wall, today

The Western Wall, today Photo Credit: Oshrat Ben Shimshon/Channel 2 News

About 200 Reform and Conservative rabbis marched today (Wednesday) with Torah scrolls in their hands from the Dung Gate to the Western Wall while calling for the government to implement the plan to create an egalitarian section at the holy site. Dozens of protesters, including teenagers, gathered in response and tried to steal the Torah scrolls from them.

In the end, dozens of Torah scrolls were brought to the Western Wall by the Reform and Conservative rabbis. This was the first time that Torah scrolls were allowed to be carried into the compound by the movements’ leaders. While their entry to the compound was not delayed, some marchers claimed that police officers refrained from intervening when the protesters started to push them and prevent them from entering the holy site.

Among those who participated in the march were Women of the Wall chairwoman Anat Hoffman, the President of the Union for Reform Judaism and the chief executive officer of The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.