ISRAEL: Jerusalem Greenlights Homophobic Billboards

Haaretz reports:

The Jerusalem municipality has announced that it is embracing the position of Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit and will now allow signs sporting homophobic messages, which it had previously removed. The municipality stated its position at a hearing in the Jerusalem District Court over a petition filed by a religious Zionist group called Hazon (“vision” in Hebrew), which is behind the signs.

Six months ago, the municipality ordered the removal of signs that were put up as part of an anti-gay campaign ahead of the annual gay pride parade. The signs bore messages such as “a mother and a father = a family,” and “the courage to be normal.” Since then, the attorney general was asked to give an opinion. He wrote that the signs are covered by the freedom of expression and that the city overstepped its authority by canceling that campaign.