Rabbi Leo Dee took part in a prayer ceremony on Wednesday morning at Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Square after losing his wife, Lucy, and two kids, Rina and Mia, in a terrorist gun incident in April.
Protesters, including women, tried to interfere with the worship during the prayers. Rabbi Dee was carrying the four species and praying when one of the demonstrators purposefully shoved him aside.
Following the disruption of a public prayer service hosted by the Rosh Yehudi outreach organization on Yom Kippur, Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv has become the scene of fights between religious Jews and anti-religious protesters.
After the court agreed with the municipality’s argument that gender segregation in prayer in a public location should be outlawed, the prayer’s organizers attempted to use Israeli flags as a partition.
The organizers’ chairs were removed, the protesters faced the worshippers, and the divider was broken. Additionally, they desecrated the prayers by taking pictures, heckling with drums, and even staging a bathing suit photo op next to the Chazan during the Neila prayers.
A temporary partition was also set up during prayers on Thursday, but local inspectors swiftly took it down.