Hot Topic: Jerusalem Gay Pride 2016

Jerusalem Gay Pride parade that took place Thursday sparked a storm over LGBT issues and Judaism. A Wider Bridge brings you live blogging with the news, the images and the opinions from the LGBT community in Israel. Happy Gay Pride, Jerusalem!

July 22, 2016, 11:25 PM: “It shouldn’t have been me who stands here:” Assi Azar’s Speech at Jerusalem Gay Pride Openly gay television host Assi Azar spoke at the Jerusalem Pride event that was held following the march, and said the words that the Israeli LGBT community would have liked to hear from the Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, and the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, who didn’t show up for the Pride. A Wider Bridge

July 22, 2016, 3:05 PM: At Jerusalem Pride March, Orthodox welcome Yuval Regev, a 22-year-old who works in digital media in Tel Aviv, posed for photographs with friends in a homemade mask of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s face. JTA

July 22, 2016, 2:49 PM: Jerusalem Pride marches forward one year after fatal parade stabbing. No injuries were reported during the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance, though heavily armed police officers arrested 30 protestors and confiscated two knives. During the 2015 parade, a radical ultra-Orthodox Israeli Jew stabbed 16-year-old Shira Banki to death and attempted to kill seven others. LGBTQ Nation

July 22, 2016, 11:09 AM: Record crowd at Jerusalem Gay Pride Shira Banki’s parents, Ori and Mika, said at the Jerusalem Gay Pride event: “The lesson that we all have to learn from Shira’s murder and from our national destruction 2000 years ago is that moderation is a good virtue for all of us; because any kind of radicalisation is a sure path towards destruction.” The Jewish Chronicle


July 21, 2016, 9:56 PM: Over 25,000 March in Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade Under Stringent Security. Dozens of anti-march protesters also gathered at the scene, but police prevented them from nearing the pride parade participants. Lahava leader Bentzi Gopstein accused police of intentionally trying to silence counter protesters. Haaretz

July 21, 2016, 7:27 PM: Jailed killer Schlissel ‘planned new attack.’ Israeli police have accused a jailed anti-gay ultra-Orthodox Jew of plotting another attack on Jerusalem’s annual Gay Pride march from his prison cell. BBC

July 21, 2016, 7:27 PM: Netanyahu to Jerusalem Pride Parade: LGBT Community Is Inseparable Part of Israeli Society. Prime minister sends message of equality, tolerance in Facebook video address to LGBT community as gay pride parade commences in Jerusalem. Facebook

July 21, 2016, 5:17 PM: 25,000 attend Jerusalem pride parade under heavy security. Officers arrested 30 people suspected of trying to disrupt the event, an Israel Police spokeswoman said. Two of them were in possession of knives, Luba Samri said in a statement. The Times of Israel

July 21, 2016, 5:10 PM: East Jerusalem Palestinians keep distance from LGBT Pride March. A shop owner near Damascus Gate expressed indifference “The gay community is free to buy from my store, but I would not want a parade to come through here, it would cause too much conflict.” The Jerusalem Post


July 21, 2016, 11:46 AM: Jerusalem gay pride parade kicks off under heavy security.
Amid increased security in the wake of last year’s deadly stabbing spree, Jerusalem’s 15th annual gay pride parade kicked off Thursday with an estimated 10,000 marchers, double the number that marched a year ago. At least nine people reportedly were detained at the entrance to the march out of fear that they would disrupt the proceedings. JTA

July 20, 2016, 6:35 PM: Leading Zionist Rabbis Protest ‘Abomination’ of Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade. Israeli rabbis who are both Zionist and ultra-Orthodox have published a letter opposing Thursday’s gay pride parade in Jerusalem, calling the event a “parade of abomination.” In their letter, they “protest the parade of abomination in our city, the holy city of Jerusalem.” Haaretz

July 20, 2016, 4:00 PM: Why religious Jews must attend the Jerusalem Pride march. “What could be more of a Hilul Hashem, a desecration of G-d’s name, than ridiculing another human being — who we believe is created in G-d’s image — and making them feel despondent and suicidal” – Emanuel Miller, an Orthodox religious Jew explains why he joins the LGBT Pride march in Jerusalem. The Times of Israel

July 20, 2016: Bowing to Ultra-Orthodox, Jerusalem Mayor Snubs Gay Pride March a Year After Killing. “I won’t march because I don’t want to be part of something that offends the ultra-Orthodox public and national-religious public,” said Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat in an interview with Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronot. The Forward