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As if Israel hasn't seen enough trouble, the Parliament has gone out of its way to make more. Although the Israeli Supreme Court last spring decided that women had the same right as men to pray aloud, read from the Torah, and wear religious accoutrements like prayer shawls and phylacteries, ultra-Orthodox protests prompted preliminary approval of a bill that would punish a woman with seven years in prison if she attempted to pray in the new fashion at the Western Wall.

"Great," one champion of secular and women's rights told the Los Angeles Times. "In prison, you'll have a section for the prostitutes, a section for the terrorists, and a section for the praying women."

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Date:Dec 22, 2000
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