A man holds up a Torah scroll as women stand across a fence at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. The rabbi of Judaism's holiest prayer site has backed a proposal to establish a prayer section for mixed-gender worship, a groundbreaking motion that could end a decades-old fight against Orthodox monopoly of the area. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Jerusalem - Israeli police detained five women from a liberal Jewish women's group Thursday as they tried to pray at the Western Wall. The women belong to the group "Women of the Wall," which tries to visit the Western, or "Wailing" Wall each month to worship. They wear prayer shawls and skullcaps and sing out loud at the wall, practices reserved for men under strict orthodox interpretations of Judaism. Israeli authorities have proposed a compromise that would establish a new section at the Western Wall where men and women can pray together, a groundbreaking initiative that would mark a significant victory by liberal Jews.