NCJW Denounces Arrest and Brutal Treatment of Anat Hoffman

October 18, 2012, New York, NY — The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today denounced the arrest of Anat Hoffman for praying with other women at the Western Wall in Jerusalem and her subsequent brutal treatment by the police. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“The arrest of Anat Hoffman, director of the Israel Religious Action Center, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem for saying the Sh’ma Israel, Judaism’s central proclamation of faith, is another shameful chapter in the treatment of women praying at the Wall by government authorities. Her brutal treatment by the police after the arrest, which included shackles, a strip search, and dragging her on the floor 150 feet, is even more outrageous. The hatred and contempt for Hoffman’s civil rights expressed by the actions of those who arrested her are chilling.

“When Women of the Wall, the group led (and founded) by Hoffman, again prayed at the wall while Hoffman was still in custody, two more leaders were detained but released after they refused to admit to a charge of disturbing the peace.

“All who support equality for women and the restoration of the Wall as a holy site accessible to all streams of Judaism must unite in making their condemnation of this event known to the Israeli government.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

Contact: Brianne Nadeau

2 thoughts on “NCJW Denounces Arrest and Brutal Treatment of Anat Hoffman”

  1. I have received several emails about the obscinety that is taking place in Israel and what happened to Anat Hoffman. I am the president of Congregation Anshei Sholom in West Palm Beach, Fl. it is a Conservative Congregation with a membership of 225 or so. The average ages between 70 & 90. I read the email to the Congregation on Shabbat because I was outraged and I feel that at least sending letters to Netanyahu (?) is better that not doing anything at all. The horrific part of all this is Jew against Jew! The muslims and europeans must be having a field day laughing. I support Anat Hoffman and I support you. I will be sending my letter out ASAP.
    Most Sincerely,
    Sondra Grussgott

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