Ronit Peskin hints she's fine with Muslim dominance of Temple Mount
Ronit Peskin, a soft-spoken ultra-Orthodox mother to three from the settlement Kochav Yaakov started the group Women “for” the Wall a few weeks ago to directly oppose the feminist group’s efforts. Her group helped coordinate the busloads of ultra-Orthodox female teens who came to protest the prayer service.Until now, I can't say I've ever been bothered by Peskin's positions. But now that I see her hinting she has no problem with that abomination of a structure shaming our history atop the Temple Mount, to say nothing of her apparently lenient stance on a religion whose belief system is much worse than Reform Judaism...the gloves are off.
“The same way Christian traditions are respected at the Vatican, and Muslim traditions are respected at al-Aqsa Mosque, we ask that Jews respect the holiest Jewish site,” Peskin explained, just two feet away from the jubilation.
How dare she ever even technically act as an apologist for the Religion of Rape by legitimizing that cruddy dome atop the structure Solomon went to such pains to build, and Nehemya and Herod to rebuild. And by doing so, she's also basically letting the Wakf off the hook for committing vandalism and making it a thoughtcrime for Jews to pray there. It makes no difference whether Jews shouldn't pray there from a religious perspective, let the Lord decide, and most definitely don't overlook the Wakf's efforts to obliterate signs of Jewish history.
Like some other detractors of Women of the Wall, I've never seen her officially denounce the police for arresting them, the only true problem I have with something that most people, even if they didn't have a high opinion on, didn't make such a fuss about when the group first began in 1988.
And Peskin might want to consider where public opinion is now, after the spectacle so many Haredi males made of themselves on May 10. It's a lot difference from the polling she worked on:
A recent poll held by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University has found that the 48 percent of Israeli Jews support the Women of the Wall's right to hold traditional Jewish prayer services at the Western Wall. [...]Oh, I know that Peskin wasn't happy at how those creepy hooligans even turned on her during her own visit. But she's got to consider that the community she's living in has some very insular mindsets and there's a lot of wrongdoing the Haredi press flatly refuses to say one word about. And when people realize just how destructive the Haredis can be thanks to the isolationism they've taken up at taxpayers' expense, it should come as no surprise that the public opinion can ultimately come round to the WoW's side.
The poll was released on Sunday as part of April's Peace Index and included 600 respondents who constitute a representative sample of the adult population of Israel, found nearly half of the public, 48%, supports Women of the Wall's right to worship at the Western Wall as they see fit, compared to 38% of the public which said that the more traditional customs should remain in place.
The survey found 64% of the secular public, 53% of the traditional-non-religious public and 26% of the traditional-religious supported the group's quest, which was adamantly rejected by ultra-Orthodox poll participants (0%).
A gender segmentation of the results showed that 52% of Jewish men and 46% of Jewish women supported the Women of the Wall.
The data also indicated that support for the Women of the Wall differed dramatically based on background: Some 77% of Israelis born in the United States or Europe said they supported the group's demand to freely pray at the Western Wall, followed by 61% of Israelis whose parents were born in U.S. or Europe, 46% of Israelis whose parents were born in Israel, 43% of Israelis whose parents were born in Asia or Africa, 38% of Israelis from the former Soviet Union (38%) and 33% of Israelis who were born in Asia or Africa.
My beef with WoW - or at least Anat Hoffman - is based on her political opinions, and here's an eye-opener from AFSI's Outlook that reveals she used to be a leader of the Women in Black, a radical leftist movement. I wonder why few of Peskin's standing have ever brought that up, if at all? It's Hoffman's politics that count, not her prayer customs.
But many of the Haredis who hate the WoW obviously don't do it because they find her political stances in themselves offensive, and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if the beef some of them have is based more on the notion that only Haredis and Haredis alone are qualified to run the Western Wall or any other famous Jewish site. But if Haredis from any particular sect are capable of committing the kind of wrongs I've made an effort to focus on here, then making the claim they're fully qualified no matter what is downright foolish.
And I reiterate that I'll be very angry at any Orthodox Jew - Haredi or otherwise - who says that my Conservative Judaism-adhering relatives like my grandmother must automatically conform to their beliefs in every way - even if some Conservative movements are fine with seperate seating for men and women - or risk being called "filthy". Besides, I thought the Western Wall was a public location, not a privately owned synagogue.
And what if a Reform rep who wise enough to avoid anti-Israel activity comes along and wants to pray according to his/her customs? I suggest WoW's detractors take that into account, no matter what they think of Reform Judaism.
Update: Peskin says she doesn't favor the Islamofascists dominating the Temple Mount. Well if I mistook anything, I'll apologize. But even so, I'll repeat that I find the failure of many detractors of the WotW to criticize the police for overreacting to the prayer customs in themselves horrific, because if they have the same problem if and when the police act that way to Jews who want to pray on the Temple Mount, then they shouldn't look the other way when the police do it with WotW. And that's no joke.