A woman is in Israeli police custody after stripping off her clothes at the Western Wall.
Police said a woman in her 20s entered the men’s section of the Western Wall during evening and Chanukah prayers on Tuesday night, took off her clothes and lay on the floor.
According to Ma’ariv, she muttered “holy temple” and “it’s from God” — an indication that she might have been mentally disturbed. Worshipers could only look on since they were in the middle of the Shemonah Esrai prayer, which is said standing still and cannot be interrupted.
Police said the woman was sent for psychiatric evaluation and, as of Thursday, had yet to be freed from protective custody.
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