Standing up for Tolerance

The Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance is trying to act responsibly in the face of threats; the complicated social fabric of Jerusalem will not be torn apart by brotherly hatred.

401673_10151109748063858_1395207906_nThis week the Jerusalem LGBT (Lesbiain, gay, bisexual and transgender) community again encountered hateful signs plastered across the city, as seen in the below pashkevil (Yiddish wall poster). We were surprised to see this once familiar relic we came to know so well from 2005 and 2006 when the city was burning with hatred. This pashkevil again quotes the same survey justifying homophobia on the basis that it is found in all three monotheistic religions. This new pashkevil refers to the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance as the “Abomination March” and commands that we “leave them alone.”

On Tishah Be’av, as we are remembering the destruction of the city due to baseless hatred, we are amazed to see extremists trying to reignite the fires that once burned in the city. In the more recent past, we saw the city engulfed in flames in 2005 and 2006 due to baseless hatred. We are terribly saddened to see that there are forces attempting again to fan those fires.

The JOH (Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance) is trying to act responsibly in the face of threats. We are reminding our community members that we will not allow the same hatred that once destroyed the city, to destroy us. The complicated social fabric of Jerusalem will not be torn apart by brotherly hatred.

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