Gays Get Green Light for Jerusalem Rally

by VR Sreeraman on  June 15, 2007 at 4:48 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Gays Get Green Light for Jerusalem Rally
Israeli police have given the green light for a gay rally in Jerusalem and for religious Jews to demonstrate on the same day against what they consider an outrage, a spokesman said on Thursday. "Police decided to allow a march of homosexuals in the centre of Jerusalem which will finish with a party in a public park," Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

He said police have also authorised a counter-demonstration at the entrance to Jerusalem called for by members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community who consider the Gay Pride event an "abomination" to the sanctity of the holy city. More than 7,000 police officers will be deployed to ensure public security and to avoid disorder next Thursday, the planned day for both the Gay Pride event and the protest, Rosenfeld said.

Late Wednesday, several hundred young religious men demonstrated in the ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of Mea Shearim against the imminent Gay Pride rally, throwing stones at police and setting fire to rubbish bins.

One police officer was lightly wounded and four demonstrators arrested, Rosenfeld said. Last year, a much-delayed Gay Pride parade through the streets of Jerusalem was scrapped and instead held under tight security at a stadium after violent protests by ultra-Orthodox Jews and denunciations by other religious leaders.

The year before, an ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed and wounded three participants during a 2005 Gay Pride event and was later jailed for 12 years.

Source: AFP

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Israel may not acknowledge "the right of the people peaceably to assemble" (enumerated in the American Bill of Rights), however it is fairly obvious that rioting is criminal behavior in nearly all civil societies. Those who participate in these criminal acts, destruction of public property, and incitement of violence should be arrested and tried for their crimes. Are the police doing anything about this?
guest Friday, June 15, 2007
Honestly this makes Israel look really bad to outsiders. It smacks of the aggressive anti-civil riots that occurred in France a couple years ago. It sounds like a fairly anarchist tactic and that these Israeli citizens are taking a page from the growing religious extremist groups which have been increasingly using violent tactics in other countries. Religious sects of Israel are beginning to court these terrorist ideologies. If the government allows this to continue then Israel may become just another unstable state in the Middle East overtaken by a violent extremist minority. Thats my two cents.
guest Friday, June 15, 2007

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