The Jerusalem Police will decide later this week whether to allow the International Gay Pride parade slated for next month. The parade has been a topic of controversy, as security forces fear violence from its Jewish, Christian, and Moslems opposers. The week long planned festivities were scheduled to take place last year, but were postponed due to Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza. Supporters of the parade said that by holding the event in Jerusalem it portrays a symbol of tolerance, pluralism, and a love for all humanity.
New York Rabbi Yehuda Levin, of the Orthodox Rabbinical Alliance of America and the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the US and Canada wrote in a separate letter to the Pope, “If we have any chance of preventing this blasphemy, it is only if the leaders and practitioners of the other faiths speak loudly, unequivocally and often as to the absolutely outrageous provocation that this anti-God convention constitutes.”