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

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    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 (http://bit.ly/1CdXhE9).

    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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