Women Of The Wall Board Member Gets Death Threat
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Graffiti threatening the life of longtime board member of Women of the Wall journalist Peggy Cidor was found painted outside her apartment in the Talpiot neighborhood of Jerusalem this morning.
Ha'aretz reported that a neighbor found the words “Torah tag” (a play on the “price tag” attacks caried out against Palestinians, Israel Border Police and the IDF, as well as against mosques and churches, by the Hilltop Youth and other Jewish West Bank settlers) spray-painted on Cidor’s door. The stairwell walls were spray-painted with two slogans and a death threat: “Women of the Wall are wicked,” “Jerusalem is Holy,” and “Peggy, Your Time has Expired.”
The neighbor immediately called police, who came, woke Cidor, showed her the graffiti and warned her to watch herself and be careful.
Cidor filed a criminal complaint against the vandals with police.
“I expect Haredi leaders to condemn this act,” she told Ha’aretz.
"This was likely the actions of bored youth, acting in response to the incitement of their leaders. The real problem facing Israeli society is not what they did but what the leadership of the Haredi public will do now. The writing is on the wall. We call on the rabbis to staunchly condemn the vandalism and to end all incitement against Women of the Wall, without regard to the legitimate public discourse,” Women of the Wall reportedly said in a statement.
The haredi rabbi of the Kotel and other state-managed holy sites, Shmuel Rabinowitch, condemned the vandalism.
Last week, Rabinowitch called Women of the Wall divisive, immodest and arrogant.
In a public message to haredim Rabinowitch wrote that haredim should “come to the holy site on Shavuot to pray in a display of unity, modesty and humility to send a clear message to the Women of the Wall who violate these three values.”