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Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest Jerusalem gay march

Ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled bags of foul-smelling liquid and threats of hellfire at marchers in Jerusalem’s annual gay pride march on Thursday but the event passed without serious violence.

“A man was arrested on the spot for throwing bags of liquid at participants,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. “Apart from that there were no other incidents.”

In 2005, an ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed three participants in the march and was subsequently sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews consider the event to be an abomination and desecration of the Holy City.

Police estimated the number of marchers this year at 3,000 and said that 1,000 police were deployed to keep order.

Although the march was routed away from predominantly ultra-Orthodox neighbourhoods, a small number of protesters held placards, including one reading, “Gays, they are waiting for you in hell.”

Other opponents brought donkeys, symbolising their view of homosexuality as “a beastly act”.

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One Response to “Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest Jerusalem gay march”

  1. Avatar of Eddi Haskell
    September 3, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    I think this news report leaves the wrong impression. The ultra orthodox in Jerusalem are not representative of Israeli society. Israel remains one of the most tolerant and progressive nations in the world when it comes to LGBT rights, and has been for quite a while

    Gay marriage is recognized if performed overseas, gays have served in the military for years, and outside of the ultra-orthodox enclaves (the vast majority of Israels are not ultra-orthodox), LGBT people are part of the national fabric. In fact, in Tel Aviv, the largest city, there is a hot gay scene, with an annual pride. Attendance this year was over 100,000, and the leader of the opposition, Tzippi Livni addressed the parade. No major American politician for example speaks at a Pride event.


    Palestinian gay rights organizations are based in Israel which offers defacto refuge to Palestinian gay people from Gaza who face death at the hands of Islamic radicals.

    The ultra-orthodox have done what they can to block this march in Jerusalem with the support of Islamic and Christian religious leaders. However, the Supreme Court of Israel refuses to allow this march to be stopped and has reinforced the rights of LGBT people to hold it in this convervative and religious city.