ISRAEL: 200,000 Attend Tel Aviv Pride [VIDEO]

From the Jerusalem Post:

The Tel Aviv Gay Pride parade drew hundreds of thousands of participants to the march on Friday. The parade, which took off from Tel Aviv’s Gan Meir at noon and included music, festivities, speeches and shows, is the largest Pride Parade in the Middle East. This year’s event spotlighted “Women for a Change,” an organization that highlights the role of women in the LGBT community. Additionally, the parade included events like a fashion tour, a Eurovision event and the hallmark of the festivities, the LGBT Film Festival.

The Tel-Aviv Yafo Municupality invests USD 1 million to provide a plethora of resources as well as support for the city’s LGBT community. Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo Ron Huldai stated, “The Pride Parade has turned into one of the symbols of the City of Tel Aviv with hundreds of thousands of participants and tourists from all over the country and world.” Huldai commented, “I believe that Tel Aviv-Yafo, a city of tolerance, is a beacon to other cities in this issue.”

Yesterday a Tel Aviv court struck down restraining orders which barred anti-LGBT protesters from the parade route. Thus far there are no reports of incidents. The first clip below is from the Israeli government’s official YouTube channel.

  • bkmn

    I hope they have a quieter celebration than last year.

    • Chris

      Last years attack didn’t happen in Tel Aviv.

  • NMNative

    Tehyoo batuchim brothers and sisters.

    • Hank

      Translation?? My Hebrew is not the best. ;(

      • NMNative

        Be safe.

        • Hank

          Thank You – ΧͺΧ•Χ“Χ”
          (I could find an on-line translator for the above. πŸ˜‰ Yom Tov

          • NMNative

            Al Lo Davar
            You’re welcome.

  • SunsetGay

    But… But… Bunkerstadt!

    • Todd20036

      pinkwashing!

      • Bill_Perdue

        Exactly. “The Israeli government recently hired a Philadelphia-based public relations firm to help promote its occupation-stained image among Latino, Black and LGBTQ communities in the United States — including by targeting organizations that provide crisis intervention services for at-risk queer and transgender youth.

        In a deal with the Philadelphia-based Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region, Ceisler Media and Issue Advocacy agreed to “Promote Israel’s Operation Protective Edge” to “African-American Groups,” “Promote Israel’s tolerance of LGBT rights” and “strengthen Israeli-Hispanic connections.” http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/35671-meet-the-pr-firm-hired-by-israel-to-market-occupation-to-african-american-latino-and-lgbtq-communities

        • SolidarityTheGorilla

          Totally inaccurate. When the hamas hides bombs in schools and uses children as shields it just shows you are so gullible and ignore facts in order to keep your narrative intact. Bet your butt hurt over the UCLA shooter not being white is to blame for your unhinged bias.

          • Bill_Perdue

            Zionism is racism.

            Netanyahu’s agriculture minister “If there was any doubt about Ariel’s endgame, he made his feelings clear at a 2008 conference, where he said of Palestinian citizens of Israel: β€œWe must encourage Arabs to willingly leave, both from the cities and from the state.” http://www.alternet.org/world/prime-sinister-new-faces-netanyahus-new-israeli-government

            Racism in schools ” Polls show that Israeli youth are becoming less tolerant and more racist with each passing year. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Israeli teachers are now afraid to even bring up the topic of human rights, for fear of setting off a racist free-for-all in the classroom. And yet, the Education Ministers appointed by Netanyahu have consistently tinkered with the curriculum, hoping to create new generations of Jews even more sectarian than previous ones. This year, Israeli children began to learn about the Nazi Holocaust in kindergarten.

            As Religious Services Minister in the last Netanyahu government, Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett created a new bureaucratic body, the Jewish Identity Administration, to proselytize Orthodox Judaism to secular Israelis. Now that Bennett has been made Education Minister in the new Netanyahu government, he will not need to make use of a proxy organization in order to indoctrinate Israeli youth. Poll: Half of Israeli high schoolers oppose equal rights for Arabs… Nearly half of Israeli teens surveyed say they would refuse to evacuate West Bank settlements http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/poll-half-of-israeli-high-schoolers-oppose-equal-rights-for-arabs-1.264564

          • SolidarityTheGorilla

            Your anti-Israel comment is cute but still as biased as all your other posts. Still proves you are just an Israel hating liberal like the rest of them. You never lived in Israel and it shows. Try using a quote from a source that counters that nonsense so the reader can make up their own mind. Your one-sided commentary only works with liberals in the US.

          • Chris

            LOL “Stop Zionism”

            Keep dreaming, bigot, Israel isn’t going anywhere. And we’re going to keep crushing the terrorists you defend, whenever they wage war on us.

            “Zionism is racism”

            No, Zionism is the ideology that has liberated the Jewish people after 2000 years of some of the worst suffering the world has ever seen. The Holocaust happened because there was no Israel, and now that there is, it’s almost impossible to think of it ever happening. And that pisses you off, doesn’t it?

            Israel is here to stay.

          • Bill_Perdue

            Zionism is racism, racist.

          • Ish

            That’s what they said sbout Rhodesia and Apartheid South Africa also. The racist entity known as Israel makes Jews less secure, not more, by tying innocent people to a colonialist ideology built on the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinians.

        • BrianQTD

          I see you didn’t include articles about criticism WITHIN Israel’s LGBT community about how the State is hypocritically trumpeting LGBT rights abroad, while doing little at home.

          • Bill_Perdue

            I see you didn’t include articles about criticism within the LGBTQ communities about how the colonial administration tate is hypocritically trumpeting LGBT rights abroad, while doing little at home either.

          • SolidarityTheGorilla

            How many gov’t-sponsered LGBT centers are in the US again? Israel has at least one with LGBT staff from all ethnic backgrounds. You wouldn’t want to bring that fact up at all. I get it. You are only allowed to propagate liberal hate since that’s not ‘actual’ hate as if it were to come from a non-liberal. Stick to facts.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Yup, it will be along shortly to tell us all how Hamas, ISIS and Al Quaeda are actually more progressive than “the Jews.” Sigh……

      • Bill_Perdue

        You must be very lonely. First you appeal to hilbots and now to racists. Don’t worry, they love you.

        • Gene

          yet who is unloved…and un “up”ed?

    • Bill_Perdue

      That is the correct name for the zionist colony in Palestine.

      • SolidarityTheGorilla

        This make no sense. Israel has a very pro-LGBT history. This group is misguided and your reliance on the word ‘zionist’ sounds like you’re a muslim.

        • Olterigo

          It’s funnier than that. See the first map in the series? The land below the word “Palestine” is virtually all desert. “Palestine supporters” love telling us that Palestinians were dumb enough to pay for this huge chunk of land.

  • EdA

    Mazel tov to all of us, and let us hope that the rest of the day, and the rest of our lives, and the lives of all in the region become and remain peaceful.

    • GC

      From your mouth to the FSM’s noodly orecchiette!

  • BrandySpears

    You know Bill Perdue was there in his assless chaps screaming “Pinkwashing!”

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Eww, Eww, Eww…….

      • Bill_Perdue

        Zionists are bigots and racists.

        • Tammydmorin1

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    • Treant

      That’s one. Say it twice more and… Well, just don’t go there.

    • Gene

      there is no satisfying the professionally aggrieved.

      • SolidarityTheGorilla

        Unless you’re a BLM supporter. Then it’s totes cool to be “professionally aggrieved”.

        • Bill_Perdue

          More racism, Gene will love it.

          • SolidarityTheGorilla

            More pathetic exaggeration of reality. Joesephine loves the drama.

      • billbear1961

        Especially when they’re bonkers.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          IKR? Take a look at the comment it left on my post above. It’s just so desperate for attention, trying to bait people. I’m so glad we merely dismiss it rather than engage it.

      • Bill_Perdue

        HRH HRC thinks the same and like you, she’s a rabid racist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXv6G6_d-lQ

    • JT

      It would be somewhat muffled given where his head would be.

    • SunsetGay

      Do not need that image in my head. Must replace with Colton Haynes!

    • 2karmanot

      Oh for Christ’s sake! Move along. If you have nothing better to think about. BP has more genuine passion in his soul than you have in your zombie mean girl pea brain. There, I said it. Now STFU!

      • Bill_Perdue

        Thanks. These racists make personal comments to try to deflect from their own rotten politics. It doesn’t matter. They’re irrelevant, the world is moving left and leaving them behind.

    • Chris

      “Pink Washing”: The belief that Jews can’t do anything good (and be proud of doing good), without having a secret and devious ulterior motive.

      • BrandySpears

        Pinkwashing: the absurd conspiracy theory that Israel is only a tolerant society as a publicity stunt.

      • GC

        Repackaging: a tool of manipulative cults and organizations worldwide.

        Used by some to distinguish “false” “worldly wisdom” from “true” “godly wisdom”.

        Used by some to distinguish “false” goodness (that simply must have ulterior evil motives) from “true” goodness.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaUhR-tRkHY

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Glad to see there were no repeats of last year and hopefully everyone enjoys themselves.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      Is the parade over? Can we know that it happened without incident? If so, hooray!

      • SolidarityTheGorilla

        Unlike ‘pride’ 2015 in chicago where gun shots were heard from parade-goers. Thanks for pointing out that ‘pride’ in the only LGBT-friendly country went off with less incident than chicago. Should tell you all you need to focus on when it comes to so-called LGBT ‘advocacy’. You need to focus your efforts closer to home and leave the ‘zionists’ alone.

        • Skokieguy [Larry]

          You’re trolling hard and no one’s biting. Sucks to be you.

          • SolidarityTheGorilla

            Yet here is your reply. Seems you just invalidated your own assumption. Typical and pathetic but that’s all one can ever expect from a liberal.

  • Hank

    To Tel Aviv Gay Pride:

  • JT

    Beware of the fanatical crazies in your celebrations, people!

    • SolidarityTheGorilla

      Yes, as we all know, FLWNJ’s love to act out in fantastic and crazy ways during ‘pride’. Definitely beware of the crazies among your own. The liberal hate on jmg is so laughable since it’s so forced and fake. Long live ever-shrinking liberal-only echo chambers! Joe makes herself look even more disconnected from reality.

      • Octavio

        Special troll flake has it all sewed up. Yup. Its world is the only right and “true” world.

        • SolidarityTheGorilla

          So says the person who says men can use women’s bathroom cuz they woke up with female feelz that day. Tell us all what science are you using exactly to determine that only true ‘trans’ people are using those facilities without malicious intent? And what is your response to the ACLU lawyer who had t quit after meeting 3 ‘trans’ women in the bathroom her minor daughters were also using at the time? Special liberal octopus has it all sewn up. Yup, it’s the ‘true’ left-wing-nutjob world you always wanted devoid of science, facts, dissent or debate. Could you be any more predicable? Of coarse not. You only take marching orders from children who happened to be of adult age. How proud of ‘pride’ are you again? like a bazillion percent?

          • Octavio

            Oh, Cupcakes, You never learned to spell, did you. (That’s what is known as a rhetorical comment.) I’m afraid the predictable one in your rant is your, dear. πŸ™‚

          • JT

            A gooper wingnut saying “science”? Heh. “Of coarse not.”

            https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bf3_ibgCEAAn_dI.jpg

      • JT

        Instead of speaking in tongues, why don’t you put your tongue to good use and stick it up your boyfriend’s ass as you wallow in the closet?

  • Jack M.

    Good for them. Will the “LGBTQ Task Force” be sending its mobs over there to harass and intimidate these people? It’s the only country in a 1000 mile radius where any of us would be able to live. Travel a few hundred miles in any direction and we would face being thrown off a building, prison, torture, or the lash. Any “Task Force” that targets the oasis and ignores the desert isn’t my task force.

    • SolidarityTheGorilla

      “Travel a few hundred miles in any direction and we would face being thrown off a building, prison, torture, or the lash.” – you must want jmg to ban you for life. You’re Not Allowed to bring up the fact that homosexuals in the middle east are killed daily at the hands of muslims. Only jmg is allowed to tell you when and whom you’re allowed to talk about. I’ve brought up and posted pics of that many times here. They get taken down. Any time there’s a gay news story where the narrative isn’t to jmg’s personal liking she ignores it and pretends it don’t exist. It doesn’t work but cute she tries.

      • Jack M.

        JMG is a “social justice” site. That means that true information can be suppressed and false information promoted, as necessary, in order to advance “social justice.” In the case of Israel/Palestine, the deep moral thinkers at JMG have observed that most Palestinians have darker skin than most Israelis. Which, by definition, means that the Palestinian jihadist cause is the one deserving of sympathy. For a social justice warrior, morality ultimately comes down to skin color.

  • hiker_sf

    I’m happy there was no violence. I wonder if the police were aggressive or the haters just decided to not show up.

    • BrianQTD

      I don’t remember any incidents at Tel Aviv Pride itself. There was a shooting a few years ago at the community center. Jerusalem Pride in late July had the fatal stabbings last year. Tel Aviv Pride tends to not get many protesters because of the very compartmentalized LGBT friendliness of Israel (hey, compartmentalized tolerance is better than NO tolerance). These things are “expected” in Tel Aviv–they are also expected to STAY in Tel Aviv.

      It’s when the LGBTs have the temerity to march in the “holy city” that the ultra religious people get really angry, and the violence happens. The bigots expect the gays to stay in Tel Aviv–the decadent, secular city–and not offend their sensibilities by displaying their “abominations” in Jerusalem.

      • SolidarityTheGorilla

        You also forgot to point out that Israel is the ONLY middle-eastern country to give LGBT rights in ANY form. Why highlight that when trying to cut down and throw shade on Israel since liberals hold Israel to an impossible political standard. You’re afraid to admit in any way that Israel is, **GASP** tolerant to LGBT people! Why is that?

        • BrianQTD

          I’ll respond to your comment when your reading comprehension skills are better. Israel is tolerant; but it’s compartmentalized, for many reasons.

          • SolidarityTheGorilla

            Translation:”I’m unable to use facts in my debate so I just shut down like an overwhelmed child.”

          • Chris

            I disagree; recent polls show that the vast majority of Israeli Jews favor same-sex marriage or civil unions, even the right wingers. Could Israel be described as “accepting”? Like America, probably not. But “friendly and tolerant”? Certainly.

          • BrianQTD

            But what recognized religious community would perform a same sex marriage? Same sex couples in Israel have to go to Europe to get married don’t they?

          • Bill_Perdue

            The question is the rabid racism and mass murders of IDF and civilian thugs.

      • Olterigo

        There are pride events outside of Tel Aviv too. In Haifa, Beer Sheva, Eilat, a few Tel Aviv suburbs, but they are much smaller. Haifa has a large Arab population and is on a slope, Beer Sheva in the desert (though it is being developed), Eilat is in the south, suburbs are suburbs. Those prides generally have a very local character.

        • Bill_Perdue

          Palestinians are murdered all over the zionist bunkerstat and have been since the invasion of 1947-48.

          “Israeli soldiers claim Palestinian civilians were targeted during Gaza war An organisation representing Israeli soldiers has released damning details of accounts by up to 70 combatants during the 50-day Gaza war in 2014, including deadly attacks on Palestinian civilians and widespread destruction of property and infrastructure.

          The 240-page report of first-hand accounts from the Israeli combatants, whose names have not been used, thrusts the Israeli Defence Forces and the Israel government under the spotlight for its repeated denial that its forces deliberately targeted Palestinian civilians.

          The report from Breaking the Silence – an organisation established by IDF soldiers and veterans who provide testimonies about their military service in the Palestinian territories – comes less than a week after a United Nations inquiry concluded Israel was responsible for striking seven UN civilian shelters where 44 Palestinians died and 227 were injured. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/israeli-soldiers-claim-palestinian-civilians-were-targeted-during-gaza-war-1499564

        • BrianQTD

          That’s good to hear. Seems like it’s Jerusalem that infuriates the bigots then.

  • SolidarityTheGorilla

    As with all so-called ‘pride’ events the STD risks are minimized and ignored. as jmg readers just love to point out that gay sex doesn’t equal STD infection while turning a blind eye to all the barebacking that goes on during ‘pride’. The hate i receive for pointing out an uncomfortable fact further proves the denial wins over the science because you have been convinced that saying anything truthful about the actual harms found in LGBT community sexual behaviors equals bigotry. It’s no wonder STD rates continue to grow in the LGBT community with no concern from the so-called LGBT activists who are supposed to pretend to care about such issues but clearly can’t be bothered to give a shit.

    • Octavio

      1. Where did this special troll flake come from?
      2. Does anyone give a fuck?

      • SilasMarner

        No one gives a fuck about this troll.

        • SolidarityTheGorilla

          Just like no one gives a fuck about homosexual ‘marriage’. it’s less than 4% of the population that is gay and of that population only the desperate and elderly are getting so-called gay ‘married’. Get over yourself. You’re not important and neither is being gay. You’re all the proof we need that is the case. You made a choice to behave in a homosexual way. No one gives a fuck.

      • SolidarityTheGorilla

        1. You’re an octopus
        2. The only fuck you are allowed to give if to your fake male wife.
        Did you not get the gayest of gay liberal-only memos?
        3. I won since getting under the skin of a liberal is the easiest thing in the world since we all know five year-old children in men’s bodies are very bad at debating without using facts. Unicorn farts aren’t a reliable source of scientific fact.

        • Octavio

          Cuddles, you haven’t got under my skin. Your little attempts at jibes are among the most amateur I’ve ever seen. To get under my skin you’d have to prove you would be responsible for repealing equal marriage and passing laws that abridge my civil rights. And that’s never going to happen. So twirl around in your little bubble of hate until you run out of breath. No one gives a fuck about your childish taunts. So, blabber away. You have no power here.

      • billbear1961

        1. Hell

        2. No

        • Octavio

          πŸ˜‰

  • billbear1961
    • Bill_Perdue

      Explain your ‘peaceful intentions’ to the families of the thousands of Palestinains murdered by IDF and civilian colonial thugs in 2014.

      “Gaza: Israeli Soldiers Shoot and Kill Fleeing Civilians – Fighting in Khuza’a Shows Grave Dangers to Families Seeking Safety https://www.hrw.org/news/2014/08/04/gaza-israeli-soldiers-shoot-and-kill-fleeing-civilians

    • Bill_Perdue

      You must be so proud of mass murders by IDF thugs. Sickeniing.

  • Chris

    Mazel Tov to another beautiful Pride in Tel Aviv! I’m hoping to go next year if all goes as planned.

  • Ish
    • andrew

      Come back and tell us about your big gay pride parade in Palestine. Yea right.

  • Tammydmorin1

    “my room mate Mary Is getting paid on the internet $98/hr”…..!gd254ur

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  • andrew

    Israel is far from perfect but it is primarily a 21st century nation surrounded by nations stuck in the 8th century.

  • andrew

    Why hasn’t Towleroad reported on the hundreds of thousands of participants in LGBT Pride parades in the Muslim Nations in the Middle East and elsewhere? Oh. Oh. Never mind.