Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben Ruby said that blowing a whistle at the Kotel was not against the law or a disturbance of the peace, and therefore, none of the hundreds of haredi protestors who did so were arrested.
…Jerusalem police spokesman [Shmuel Ben Ruby] told Haaretz that blowing a whistle was not against the law or a disturbance of the peace, and therefore, none of the protestors had been detained.…
He expressed hope that two months from now, the next time Women of the Wall hold their monthly prayer service (it will not be held on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year), government ministers will already have passed new regulations governing prayer at the holy site, thereby ending the monthly confrontations at the wall.
These regulations were supposed to have been drafted by Religious Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, but no agreement between the two has yet been reached. A decision was taken to draft new regulations after the Jerusalem District Court ruled several months ago that it is not a violation of “local custom” for women to wear prayer shawls and tefillin at the Kotel. Since the ruling was published, police have refrained from detaining women for engaging in such practices.
Asked why the rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, was allowed to use loudspeakers at the holy site while conducting services in the men’s section Wednesday, he said that permission is given to use them only at the beginning of the month of Elul, which precedes the high holy days because it is such an important month.…
Shmuel Ben Ruby is lying. He did not misspeak or make an error – he intentionally lied.
Get 10 people together with whistles and go to the Kotel 45 minutes before Shabbat begins. Stand immediately behind the men's prayer section and blow your whistles non-stop as loud as you can. Watch how fast police confiscate those whistles and arrest you.
As for the loudspeakers, there is no need for them on Rosh Hodesh Elul and I do not remember them used other than for large public ceremonies like the Hakel ceremony or Birkat HaKohanim on one Hol Hamoed day of Passover and one of Sukkot.
The police have shown that they do not care about court rulings or rulings from Israel's attorney general, and they do not care about the truth.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a choice: order the police to follow the law, and order them to stop lying.But the ever craven Netanyahu, always looking to placate his once (and, he hopes, future) haredi allies, isn't likely to do either.