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Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest Gay Pride event in Jerusalem

Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest Gay Pride event in Jerusalem

Thousands of people gathered in Jerusalem for the city's 10th annual Gay Pride parade held amid heavy security after a history of attacks on LGBT members and supporters left parade-goers concerned for their safety.

Omer, a parade goer, told Jewish News One, "We are here for the Jerusalem Gay Parade, in my opinion the most important parade of the year in Israel. It's a place where we didn't win yet, and we come from love, we just want people to accept us. To understand that we have the right to love."

Much of the hostility towards Israel's gay community has come from ultra-Orthodox Jews. Throughout the parade, a small group of ultra-Orthodox Jews held a counter-demonstration in one of the religious neighborhoods.

In 2005, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stabbed and wounded participants in the gay march, and in 2006, widespread rioting led to a temporary suspension until 2008 of pride parades in the city.

Jerusalem's conservative culture is in sharp contrast to Tel Aviv, which was declared the number 1 gay tourist destination of 2011. This comes after concerted efforts on the part of Israeli authorities to promote Israel as an island of tolerance in the largely Islamic Middle East.


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  • Rachel

    I'd love to see them march at Mecca and see how the Muslims treat them. They march in Jerusalem like they spit in the face of G-d. They have no respect for people who value tradition and aim to desensitise the world and promote hedonism.

    • Ady

      If god was upside for this he/she could do something be himself! God silence is and acceptance!
      Everyone is god's child!

    • F u

      I'd like u to go to Mecca and get raped by filthy Muslims then get buried to your neck in sand and stones to death you stupid cunt

  • Nonya Business

    Homophobic guys are sexy!

    • Nicky

      Ur a fucking retard

      • Nonya Business

        it was the comment that was inappropriate, "retard" is not a nice word. anyway, call me another name. I love the abuse. come on give it to me!

  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    You know, it sad that even those how have been discriminated against and even killed can be so hateful of others.

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