The annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem was a far more understated event this year following two postponements due to the Gaza war and related controversy surrounding the event’s organizers.
For more than a decade, the Jerusalem pride parade has been held in the middle of the day and has attracted many thousands of participants, much to the consternation of the city’s more religious population.
Originally scheduled for late June, the parade had to be put off as Hamas missiles rained down on Israel, including a number of volleys fired at Jerusalem.
When the parade was finally held at 5 PM last Thursday, only a few hundred members of the LGBT community bothered to show up.
The Jerusalem Open House, which organizes the parade, attributed the low turnout to the war and multiple postponements. But some said the reason was more likely an outburst on Facebook by Open House director Elinor Sidi during the course of the Gaza war.
On July 20, as Israeli soldiers were busy combatting Gaza’s Hamas terrorist infrastructure with the overwhelming backing of the Israeli public, Sidi called on dissenters to “burn down” the Knesset and the military headquarters in Tel Aviv. She further called on IDF soldiers to refuse their orders.
The post outraged many, including a many members of the homosexual community.
Whatever the reason, the more subdued nature of the gay pride parade this year was a welcome development for the majority of Jerusalem residents who see the event as a desecration of this holy city.