Jerusalem police committed to gay parade

Sunday, May 27, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Homosexual parade organizers last week received a written guarantee from Jerusalem police that their public display of debauchery can go forward as planned on the streets of the Israeli capital next month.

The Jerusalem Open House, which has been trying to hold a gay parade in Jerusalem since last year, praised the police for their compliance with the law and human rights.

In the letter, Jerusalem District Police Commander Maj.-Gen. Ilan Franco said that he was bound to uphold a High Court ruling providing homosexual men and women from around the world the right to parade their controversial lifestyle though the city that is so holy to conservative adherents of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The parade was originally scheduled to take place last August, but was postponed because Israel was at war in Lebanon. Two successive attempts to hold the march in September and November were also cancelled after police said they could not guarantee the safety of the participants amid an infuriated religious population.

The government of Israel and the Jerusalem municipality have been petitioned by millions of Jews and Christians worldwide to not allow the sacred city to be desecrated in such a manner.

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