Ben-Gvir’s Promise: Safeguarding Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Event

“This same freedom of expression also allows people to demonstrate against the pride parade,” said the minister

On the eve of the Pride Parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir said Wednesday that reinforced police forces will be mobilized to protect the event, under high tension, in the holy city.

“Freedom of expression, the right to demonstrate, which are fundamental rights and the lifeblood of democracy, must be able to be exercised in the State of Israel, on any subject and in complete safety. However, it is certain that this same rule also allows people to demonstrate against the Pride Parade,” the minister said, as far-right organizations called to come and disrupt the parade in Jerusalem and to demonstrate against the Gay Pride pride which they consider “immoral”.

“I say this clearly and simply. I don’t want anyone who looks ultra-Orthodox or religious to be automatically ostracized,” he continued, as police arrested him last week. , a resident of the West Bank settlement of Maale Efraim, who had issued threats against the Jerusalem Pride March. The subject is particularly sensitive in this religious city, which nevertheless hosts a much less exuberant gay pride than that of Tel Aviv. In 2015, during this event, a 16-year-old Israeli girl was killed by an ultra-Orthodox Jew.

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