The American immigrant who handed one of the Kotel's Torah scrolls from the men’s section to Women of the Wall was assaulted by a Kotel usher working for haredi Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz and, when he reported the assault to police, was detained and threatened with criminal charges for sharing the Torah scroll with women.
It should be noted that there is a court ruling supporting Women of the Wall that allows them to read from a Torah scroll at the Kotel – a court ruling police and the government consistently skirt or ignore.
…Later on Monday, an American immigrant who delivered the Torah scroll from the men’s section of the Western Wall to members of the feminist prayer group was detained by police.
Charlie Kalech, a 48-year-old computer analyst, was taken in for questioning by police after he reported being assaulted by an usher at the Western Wall when he handed the Torah scroll to the woman through a gap in the barrier separating the men’s and women’s sections at the Jewish holy site.
According to Anat Hoffman, the chairwoman of Women of the Wall, Kalech was injured after he was struck by an usher.
“This usher was an employee of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which is run by Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Kotel,” she told Haaretz. “After he was struck, he fell to the ground and hit his head. We escorted him to the police station, and when he explained the circumstances of his injury, he was told by police that he was being detained for breaking the law.”
According to Hoffman, Kalech’s phone was confiscated by police.
The 48-year-old Jerusalemite was given leave to seek medical attention but was instructed to return to the police station at 4 P.M. this afternoon to resume his questioning.…
Rabinowitz also reportedly ruled that everyone who was at the Kotel when the Torah was given to WoW must fast.