Friday, May 10, 2013
Israel: Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews showed up to protest a prayer gathering by the "Women of the Wall" at Jerusalem's holy Western Wall, hurling chairs, water, and garbage at the women and stones at their buses
In a reversal, police held back and clashed with the protesters and arrested five of them; in the past, they've detained Women of the Wall worshipers instead. The changed police response follows a court ruling that stated women shouldn't be arrested for wearing prayer shawls there; in Orthodox Jewish tradition, only men are permitted to wear the shawls. Apparently, Muslims aren't the only religious lunatics in the Middle East.