Saturday, July 22, 2006

World Pride Parade Cancelled

For the second year in a row, World Pride has been affected by Israeli politics. Last year, the entire event was postponed due to Israel's unilateral pullout from Gaza. This year, only the parade is cancelled due to the war with Hizbullah, but the other events will go on.

The cancellation of the parade was announced last night, but no press release has appeared in on the Jerusalem Open House website, yet. Jerusalem Open House is the lgbt-rights organization responsible for organizing World Pride this year. Pink News has an article. A quote:

The Jerusalem WorldPride parade has been postponed until "after the war."

The organisers of the event, Jerusalem Open House (JOH), announced last night that the rally will no longer take place due to the demands it would be making on security which is currently caught up in escalating tension in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

A JOH statement said: “This is not the time for celebrations.

“The parade, which requires extensive security, will not take place due to the situation.”

A JOH spokesman told "The week of events will go ahead, from 6-12 August, but will be toned down to suit the situation in Israel.

"All the conferences and congresses will go ahead as usual and there will also be some form of demonstration in favour of pluralism in Jerusalem."

JOH Director Hagai Elad told Israeli news website,, “We are determined to fight for our right to march in Jerusalem this year.

"We will not succumb to the violent incitement against our community and against all the proponents of democracy in Jerusalem.”

The situation may appease some sections of Israel's Orthodox Jewish community and politicians who have protested against the march and in some cases offered rewards for killing a gay person.

Over 2000 leaflets were distributed in Jerusalem, reading; "During this parade, 300,000 corrupt animals are anticipated to march through the holy city of Jerusalem, waiting avidly for the chance to put themselves on display before our children and our sacred Torah. They will try as hard as they can to defile as many of our innocent children as they can."
Well, that pretty much says it all. I still support World Pride, by the way. If you are still planning on going, however, may I recommend a hotel/hostel in the Arab quarter? The discrepancy between Jewish and Arab economic situation in Jerusalem is incredible, and a lot of it is due to the fact that Arabs have a difficult time finding work in the Israeli state, especially with the new influx of Russian immigrants. As Russian immigrants flood into Israel, they are takig jobs on kibbutzim with have been held by Arab Israelis and Palestinians.

Arabs in Jerusalem depend somewhat on tourism, and are unfortunately overlooked by many tourists. The Arab quarter of the city is definitely safe, and much more friendly and lively than other sections of the city. Give it a try.

Update later on June 22:

I found this post on News Fit to Post. It's amazing!


Blogger Red Tulips said...

I am glad you still support World Pride, though I am not sure how safe it would be for me, a Jew, to be walking around the Arab section of Jerusalem at night.

July 22, 2006 5:17 PM  
Blogger Al-Fil said...

Yeah, that's probably true.

July 22, 2006 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Jonathan W. said...

The cancellation of World Pride is an unfortunate but good decision. It will also show how ridiculous recent comments from anti-gay rabbis are. They have said that World Pride is the cause of the Middle East conflict. It amazes me that such hateful people actually call themselves religious.

July 22, 2006 9:38 PM  

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