Jerusalem – Israel’s Reform Jews Call For Removal Of Religious Affairs Minister Over ‘Offensive’ Comment


    FILE - Members of "Women of the Wall" group hold prayer shawls during a monthly prayer session at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City November 4, 2013.REUTERSJerusalem – Leaders of Reform Jewry in Israel are demanding the removal of the new minister of religious affairs David Azoulay after he called the Reform movement a “disaster for the nation” Wednesday.

    Azoulay, a member of the Orthodox Mizrahi Shas party, made his comment in a meeting with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked regarding the government’s position on Women of the Wall, the feminist prayer group that makes monthly meetings at the Western Wall, according to Haaretz (

    Azoulay reportedly referred to group members as “provocateurs” for defying Orthodox customs.

    Women of the Wall issued a statement saying that expect Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked not to take part in discriminatory regulations.

    Reform Jewry reps sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking that he remove himself publicly from the comments.

    Azoulay replaced Naftali Bennett as religious affairs minister.

    Information taken from Haaretz

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