Vandals target Israeli women's prayer group

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli police say vandals have spray-painted slogans on the home of one of the leaders of a liberal Jewish women's group that has angered ultra-Orthodox communities over its demands for equality of worship.

Israeli TV footage showed black writing on the hallway and door of the Jerusalem home. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Monday that the police were investigating.

The group, known as Women of the Wall, convenes monthly prayer services at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, wearing prayer shawls and performing rituals that ultra-Orthodox Jews believe only men are allowed to do.

Israeli officials initially opposed the group, but have recently backed its right to worship. Earlier this month, thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesters tried to prevent their prayer service.

Officials are attempting to find a compromise.

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