Women of the Wall Leader Interrogated By Jerusalem Police
On January 5th, Anat Hoffman, director of the Israel Religious Action Center and one of the leaders of Women of the Wall, was interrogated by the Jerusalem Police. This is, of course, on the heels of Nofrat Frenkel’s arrest at WoW in November. Hoffman was told that she is a suspect in a felony, accused of not obeying a legal order and disrupting the peace at the Western Wall. The interrogation lasted over an hour.
Below is Hoffman’s account of the incident; here’s a piece about it from the Forward.
At the beginning of the session, the interrogating police officer, Rav Samal Bachir (Senior Staff Sergeant Major) Yoram Suleiman, notified me that I was being interrogated as a suspect in a felony: not complying with a legal order and disturbing the peace.
The interrogation took place at the Kishle police station.
The police got my address from the rasham ha-amutot (the registry of non-profit organizations), and I was asked the following questions:
1. Do you know what the Supreme Court decision was?
2. What did the police officer demand from Women of the Wall during
their prayer services on Rosh Hodesh Kislev (November 18) and Rosh
Hodesh Tevet (December 18)?
3. Are you a member of the organizing body of these prayer services?
4. How many women attended?
5. Did men shout at you?
6. What did they shout?
(Anat says that this question was asked in order to find out whether she
knew that she was doing something that disturbed the sensibilities of
7. Were women wearing tallitot?
8. What is a tallit?
9. Did the women wear kippot?
10. Did you hold a sefer Torah?
11. Did you hold a sefer Torah with intent to read it?
12. Did you hold a procession in the direction of Robinson’s Arch?
13. Did you say on Galei Zahal that the aim of your group is to hold a
quiet protest against the discrimination against women at the Western Wall?
14. For what reason do you think there is discrimination against women
at the Western Wall?
15. Do you personally wear a tallit and a kippah?
16. Is there anything else you would like to add?
“Then,” said Anat, “the police officer took me to the other room, dipped
my fingertips in ink and took my fingerprints, just like they do in the