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Israel plans to expand Western Wall prayer space

Aug. 27, 2018 5:52 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 1, 2018 2:31 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Jerusalem Municipality plans to expand the Western Wall prayer space in Jerusalem, Israeli Haaretz news outlet reported on Monday.

Haaretz reported that the plan to expand the prayer area came after pressures from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, under the pretext to expand the prayer space to suit people with special needs.

The plan allegedly does not need to obtain a building permit if the expansion is to ease access of people with special needs.

The expansion plan also includes expanding the mixed prayer space, the expansion of the road leading to it and the installation of transit supplies for people with special needs.

The mixed square in the Western Wall, called the "Wailing Wall" in 2016, was established in an effort by the Israeli government to separate Orthodox worshipers who forbid mixing of women with men during prayer and between reformers and conservatives.

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