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Israel police guard women praying at Jewish site

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JERUSALEM (AP) -

Israeli police have held back hundreds of ultra-Orthodox men trying to prevent a Jewish women's group from praying at a key Jerusalem holy site, a reversal of past practice.

  

It was the first monthly prayer by the group at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, since a court decision affirming their right to worship there.

  

The women wear prayer shawls and perform rituals ultra-Orthodox Jews believe only men are allowed to do.

  

In the past, police have arrested members of the women's group for disrupting "local customs" at the site, a remnant of the biblical Jewish Temple compound.

  

On Friday the tables were turned.

  

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says police used barricades to separate the groups. He says three ultra-Orthodox men were arrested for disorderly conduct.

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