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Jerusalem Pride Draws Thousands, Donkey Protest

Over 5,000 people are expected at a Gay Pride parade today in Jerusalem:

Jerusalem Open House Executive Director, Yonatan Gher, called Thursday a “combined social struggle,” which will have at least three distinct protests imbuing the city with the air of social fervor. Indeed, protesters will include the doctors marching towards Jerusalem, students and families camped out in tents across the city, and thousands of gay-rights activists marching downtown.

He estimated that the gay pride parade could almost double – from 4,000 participants last year to 7,000 participants this year – given the revolutionary vibe of the capital.

Police stopped a donkey procession on its way to the parade:

As if it weren't enough that three separate protests converged on Jerusalem Thursday afternoon - the doctor's march, the tent protest, and the Gay pride parade - police stopped a procession of four donkeys and a few dozen extreme right-wing demonstrators at the entrance to the city. The demonstrators were attempting to get to the route of the annual Pride and Tolerance parade with the donkeys, to protest the "bestial" nature of homosexuality.

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  1. cool

    But there have now been protests in Israel growing from 30,000 to 100,000 and they even blockaded the road to Netenyahu's house

    The protests are economic/ over the lack of adequate housing for younger (and subsequently more liberal) Israelis in the cities and along the coast

    Gay Pride cool, but I'm afraid not many will pay attention at the moment in Israel since many of our supporters are more focused on affordable housing

    The biggest factor in the Israeli housing crisis is non Israeli affluent Jews buying up apartments there just to say they own a piece of Israel and never even going there leaving large chunks of apartment buildings completely vacant

    Posted by: say what | Jul 28, 2011 11:40:22 AM


  2. I don't quite understand the "Donkey protest" at least not from a Christian perspective. According to Christians, was not the donkey the beast of choice to carry the "Son of God" into the city of Jerusalem? What greater honor could an animal have?

    I'll accept the Donkey peoples' demonstration as a sign of their support and reverence for all things gay.

    Mazel tov! Hope to see you again next year!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 28, 2011 12:25:06 PM


  3. Typical bigot protest: assholes leading asses.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jul 28, 2011 12:32:58 PM


  4. The housing protests might actually be beneficial for Jerusalem Pride. After all, they distract Orthodox attention (some Orthodox Jews are involved in the housing protests too). There has been isolated violence at previous events.

    Posted by: Ben | Jul 28, 2011 5:21:58 PM


  5. ben

    I would say the housing crisis could eventually help in that it has the potential to topple Netenyahu's coalition and then maybe the Kadima party can take over. The Kadima party being centrist to liberal and who actually won the popular vote, would see the marginalizing of the orthodox which would in the end be great for gay pride/rights

    Posted by: say what | Jul 28, 2011 5:51:41 PM


  6. Israel is the ONLY country in the ENTIRE Middle East that has pride parades. Israel also recognizes same-sex marriages that are performed abroad.

    Posted by: Max | Jul 28, 2011 7:39:16 PM


  7. max

    everyone knows that

    BUT it can be better and the housing crisis destroying Netenyahu's conservative to ultra conservative coalition could be a win win for gays in Israel

    Posted by: say what | Jul 28, 2011 9:44:37 PM


  8. Say What, it wasn't a comment on the housing crisis. It was more a comment on how awful every other country in the Middle East is.

    Posted by: Max | Jul 28, 2011 10:45:47 PM


  9. I am sure, that being Jewish made me get involved in the gay rights movement over 40 years ago. I am not a religious Jew, and proud of our history and the State of Israel for their accomplishments in medical,computer and other industries, and of course the Pride Parade. Sadly fanatics are everywhere, and Israel has their fair share. Both Israel and the USA have faults, but still give most of their citizens hope for shalom.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Jul 29, 2011 2:40:07 AM


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