Israeli security guards at the Western Wall on Friday searched women
worshippers arriving at the holiest place where Jews can pray for a
seemingly inoffensive object — the Jewish prayer shawl, which under the
Orthodox tradition can be worn only by men.
Once the shawls were found, dozens of women had to deposit them before
proceeding to pray in the section reserved for women. A few, who managed
to sneak the shawls in under their coats and wrapped them around their
shoulders, were promptly evicted or detained.
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