Jerusalem, Alray - Israel opened a new plaza at the Western Wall that would host egalitarian prayer services at the holy site, Al-aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said on Wednesday.
According to the foundation ,the new platform, built from wood on scaffolding on the south of the main Western Wall plaza, measures 450 square meters (4,840 square feet) and can accommodate 450 worshippers.
The new section was built quickly over the past two weeks to serve throngs of worshipers expected to come to Jerusalem for the High Holiday period, which begins on September 4.
According to the new plan, the area will now be open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week while denying Palestinians from entering it.
Building this plaza is a new process for judaizing the Western Wall which is originally a Muslim Waqaf seized by Israel in 1967, said the foundation.
This step is a part of Natan Sharansky’s plan to make the Western Wall area available for mixed minyanim, on a 24-hour basis