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Procedure for entering the Western Wall plaza with animals

According to Regulation 2(a)(12) of the Protection of Jewish Holy Places Regulations, 5741-1981 (hereinafter: ‘the Regulations’), it is prohibited to bring animals into the Western Wall plaza. The reasons for this are the concern of an uproar that may occur as a result of bringing animals into the Western Wall plaza and Jewish law questions relating to animals entering a synagogue.

 

In view of the provisions of the Prohibition of Discrimination against Blind People accompanied by Guide Dogs Law, 5753-1993, the provisions of the Equal Rights for People with Disabilities Law, 5758-1998, and the provisions of the Equal Rights for People with Disabilities (Arrangements for Access to a Service) Regulations, 5773-2013, and out of respect for and a sense of commitment to people with disabilities, and pursuant to my power under Regulation 4(a) of the Regulations and after consulting the Chief Rabbis of Israel and the Minister of Religious Services, I hereby prescribe rules for the entry of service animals that accompany people with disabilities into the Western Wall plaza as follows:

 

  1. The entry of animals into the Western Wall plaza is prohibited, except in the cases stated in section 2 and except for animals that are used by the security forces in the course of carrying out their duties.
  2. A person with a disability who is assisted by a service animal will be abl