Jerusalem Residents Tell Gay Parade: You Would Never Do This In An Arab Town
“LGBT movement forces itself upon the residents of Jerusalem, while conspicuously avoiding Muslim towns, either out of fear or respect for Islam.”
Right-wing religious Jewish protesters were out in force during the 16th annual Gay Pride Parade that made its way through the streets of downtown Jerusalem last week.
Police arrested one man who was threatening the marchers, but the parade concluded without any violent incidents.
The anti-gay protesters, however, did loudly call out the apparent hypocrisy of the LGBT movement and its liberal backers.
“They would never let you hold such a march in Umm el-Fahm (a major Arab Muslim town in northern Israel). Show your respect to Jerusalem residents,” shouted Bentzi Gopstein, head of the often violent Lehava anti-assimilation organization.
Indeed, surveys have shown that a majority of Israeli Jews, like Muslim Arabs, do not want grand open displays of homosexuality on their streets. But the LGBT movement forces itself upon the residents of Jerusalem, while conspicuously avoiding Muslim towns, either out of fear or respect for Islam.
In fact, the Jerusalem Pride Parade won’t dare enter Arab neighborhoods in the capital itself.
Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern took a somewhat softer tone in lamenting what he saw as the desecration of the Holy City.
“It is sad that a couple of days after Tisha B’Av, when masses visited Jerusalem and remembered it being a holy city… The essence of this parade is contradicting the trend of Jerusalem as a holy city, and that is the city we want,” Stern told Army Radio, adding that “holding the parade in the city streets is causing more damage to its supporters than benefiting them.”