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Delayed Jerusalem Pride Parade Draws Thousands, Criticism

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Israel's gay pride parade was pushed back about a month or so this year, so that it would fall on the one-year anniversary of the deadly shooting last year that claimed two lives in Tel Aviv. The gunman of that attack is still at large.

BThe parade, which was held in Jerusalem on Thursday, drew more than 3,000 participants.

There was no sign of the donkey cut-outs the city's ultra-Orthodox deputy mayor, Rabbi Yitzhak Pindrus, was allowed to bring to the march after his initial plan to march 50 real life donkeys through the streets in protest of the parade was rejected by police. There were, natch, actual human anti-gay protesters, several of whom were arrested. Some held signs that read: "sick perverts - get out of Jerusalem."

Reports the AP:

Carrying rainbow banners, several thousand demonstrators walked along the 1.5 mile (2.5 kilometer) route. A few dozen black-suited ultra-Orthodox Jewish protesters at the beginning and end of the route held signs denouncing homosexuals, with slogans like "Gay Play in Hell, Not Jerusalem." Many ultra-Orthodox Jews consider homosexuality an abomination. Marchers said such opposition has forced the gay community of Jerusalem underground in most parts of the city. "In a religious society, a lot of people still don't realize we actually exist," said Sarah Weil, 26, who helps run an organization for lesbians who are also Orthodox Jews.


Also, yesterday, even Catholic Patriarch Fouad Twal issued a statement criticizing the march: "Leave Jerusalem to her pilgrims and faithful", he began, "(the parade's) organizers and the authorities who allow it, care neither for the feelings of families nor the holiness of this city."

I've compiled several clips of the pride-full moments at the parade. Watch them AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. "Holy" cities, "holy" books, wholly superstitious.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jul 31, 2010 11:36:57 AM


  2. Hot pic at the top!

    Posted by: Joseph | Jul 31, 2010 12:48:49 PM


  3. Groups that persecute their own are on shaky moral ground in their outrage at others persecuting them.

    Posted by: qjersey | Jul 31, 2010 2:14:34 PM


  4. "Gay Play in Hell"? There's no Hell in Judaism.

    Posted by: rafi | Jul 31, 2010 3:03:46 PM


  5. well, there may not be hell, but there sure are people like these orthodox jewish protesting douchenozzles. And if hell is other people...

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 31, 2010 3:07:57 PM


  6. And the hasidim protesting look dirty and smelly! Like they don't bathe regularly or at all. Their ratty beards and peyos are laughable.

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 31, 2010 3:12:20 PM


  7. Holiness? Killing each other in the names of their various gods and they bleat about families
    and "holiness"? Their hypocrisy is astounding.

    Posted by: Jack | Jul 31, 2010 4:05:13 PM


  8. israeli boys are hot!

    Posted by: DH | Jul 31, 2010 4:54:17 PM


  9. Before the Israel-bashers start squealing with glee over the bad press, I'd like to point out that Israel is the ONLY country in the Middle East that actually has pride parades. They occur in Tel Aviv without incident.

    Jerusalem is a magnet for foul-smelling religious fundamentalists - Jewish or otherwise - and the rabid bigotry coming from the far-right ultra-Orthodox does not accurately reflect Israel's attitudes towards LGBT people.

    Fun fact of the day: same-sex marriages that occur outside of Israel are recognized in Israel.

    Israel. Perfect? No. Better than any other place in the Middle East? Yes, by leaps and bounds.

    Posted by: Max | Jul 31, 2010 4:59:54 PM


  10. I'm with Max.

    Posted by: Anon | Jul 31, 2010 9:10:47 PM


  11. The city of Jerusalem is only rocks and dirt without people of compassion in it.
    Perhaps holy history did happen there a very very long time ago. We do know for sure that a lot of blood has been spilled by people that think they know the "truth". How sad to think about all the crusades and all the lives ruined by them. The catholic patriarch should be apologizing about the Crusades instead of scolding GBLT pride.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Aug 1, 2010 5:03:12 AM


  12. "abomination" in the bible is a misprint. They meant to say "adorable."

    Posted by: wimsy | Aug 1, 2010 10:47:24 AM


  13. The parade, which was held in Jerusalem on Thursday, drew more than 3,000 participants. There was no sign of the donkey cut-outs the city's ultra-Orthodox deputy mayor, Rabbi Yitzhak Pindrus, was allowed to bring to the march after his initial plan to march 50 donkeys through the streets in protest of the parade was rejected by police.

    Posted by: facebook friends | Oct 13, 2011 9:21:35 PM


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