The government approved a plan to allow pluralistic, and mixed-gender prayer, at Judaism’s holy site.
In the past, Israeli policewomen have detained members of the religious group Women of the Wall for breaching orthodox rules governing prayers at the site. This is Judaism’s most holy site and orthodox traditions have legally prevailed here, defining who could be there and who could perform which religious rites (often on gender lines). This fight represents a struggle to redefine the meaning and usage of public space in Jerusalem (among other complex issues). The article states that “this marks an unprecedented move by the Israeli government to officially recognize the rights of Conservative, Reform and other Jewish denominations to hold organized prayer at the site.”