When it comes to a peaceful march for granting equality to the LGBT community, the police let the people making threats win.
The High Court of Justice’s ruling on Be’er Sheva’s Gay Pride Parade, in which it denied a petition to overturn a police decision to change the parade’s route, is riddled with holes.
The first is the black hole regarding classified intelligence. As Justice Hanan Melcer wrote, despite the police’s earlier approval of the parade, they received information that raised concerns about life-endangering violence between “circles” opposing the event and “participants wishing to join the parade and rally who seek to protect themselves.”
This is how the ruling begins, under the cover of classified information, creating a false symmetry between those who oppose the parade and threaten it and those who seek to protect themselves.
We’ve never heard of violence by participants in Gay Pride parades. Since classified material was submitted to the court in camera, in the presence of only state prosecutors, we don’t know what the police told the judges – not regarding the threat of violence by opponents of the parade and not regarding the alleged “life-endangering” violence by those seeking to defend themselves. There was no explanation on how moving the route a few hundred meters would better protect the participants.
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