Israel bans gay pride parade in Jerusalem

Friday, June 24, 2005 | 
Jerusalem officials have banned the annual gay pride parade on grounds that it would offend the city’s Jews, Moslems and Christians alike. "It is not right to allow the march or other planned activities to take place in the streets of Jerusalem because it could create an uproar, offend a wide sector of city residents and cause public disturbances," the municipality said. Organizers are furious, saying the ban is a violation of democracy and civil rights. The municipality could be sending a message to the gays that it will also block plans for a World Pride Festival in Jerusalem next year. In a rare display of unity, Jewish, Moslem and Christian clerics are demanding the cancellation of the world pride event, saying it would defile the Holy City.

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