The two are Hardali, a Hebrew acronym for ultra-Orthodox Haredi and national religious. Jerusalem has held a gay pride parade since ; only in was there a stormy protest by the ultra-Orthodox. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat supports the holding of the parade but has said he will not take part for fear of insulting religious Jews. Barkat is secular but is considered close to the Hardali faction. Several prominent religious-Zionist activists have declared they will attend the event, along with a number of religious people who have announced their participation on social networks.
Thousands converge in Jerusalem for annual gay pride parade
Jerusalem gay pride parade - Wikipedia
A gay pride parade in Jerusalem sounds preposterous: the same city that is the capital to three world religions and a millennia-long touchstone of strife and violence. Even those who are aware of Tel Aviv's internationally known gay culture, which attracted a record quarter-million marchers to its own pride parade in June, would scarcely consider venturing out in their colorful tanktops to march down Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem. And yet, this summer saw exactly that: a record twenty-five thousand Israelis of all stripes emerging onto the streets of the Holy City with rainbow flags and painted faces, marching proudly and resolutely for what was billed as the "Jerusalem March For Pride and Tolerance. In this environment, it's worth taking a moment to recognize an unlikely supporter of Jerusalem Pride: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In two versions of a video posted to Facebook before the march, one in English and the other in Hebrew -- the latter of which is particularly notable -- Netanyahu clearly positioned himself as a vocal supporter, endorsing the sentiment of the marchers and slamming critics who painted their efforts in a negative light. It isn't the first time Netanyahu has used his podium to speak on the subject.
Wikipedians in Israel may be able to help! I think it will make sense to merge this article with Jerusalem gay pride parade and parts of Jerusalem Open House under a new page name Jerusalem gay pride parade. It is done this way on Hebrew wiki and seems like a good idea. Any thoughts? Settleman talk , 4 August UTC.
Some 10, revelers waving rainbow flags joined the carnival-like procession, as over 2, police officers in plain clothes, in uniform and on horseback patrolled the crowd. The gay community's visibility in conservative Jerusalem tends to draw vocal protest from members of the city's substantial Orthodox population. Many ultra-Orthodox Jews reject the public display of homosexuality as an "abomination" that desecrates the biblical city and flouts Jewish law.