The Times Of Israel reports:
Chanting for equality and holding aloft brightly painted signs supporting LGBT rights, some 7,500 people marched in Jerusalem’s annual pride parade Thursday evening.
Over 3,000 police officers secured the highly charged event, six years after a deadly attack on participants. The event demanding LGBT equality began with a ceremonial prayer for Shira Banki, who was stabbed to death by an ultra-Orthodox extremist during the 2015 parade when she was 16 years old.
As thousands filled the capital’s streets, a small demonstration protesting the parade was held by members of the far-right and anti-gay Lehava organization. On Wednesday police arrested a Jerusalem resident after he threatened to kill participants at the event.
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Jerusalem #Pride earlier today, which saw thousands of Israelis—Jews and non-Jews, religious and secular, LGBTQ and allies—marching through the streets of Israel’s capital. ???️? pic.twitter.com/xMvUwGF16B
— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) June 3, 2021
— Eyewitness News (@ewnupdates) June 3, 2021
Happy to open with @hansdocter the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance ?️?. The European Parliament declared the entire?? an “LGBTIQ Freedom Zone.” We will continue defending human rights of LGBTIQ persons & promote equality and respect for diversity#loveislove pic.twitter.com/DKSM9tje29
— Emanuele Giaufret (@EGiaufretEU) June 3, 2021
Today 7,500 people gathered in Jerusalem for the #Pride Parade. After missing a year because of COVID-19, participants called for equality and celebrated the city’s vibrant LGBTQ+ community. pic.twitter.com/4WuCjRv13P
— Democratic Majority for Israel (@DemMaj4Israel) June 3, 2021
today is Jerusalem’s annual #pride parade.
It will start with a special ceremony at 3pm at Liberty Bell Park in memory of Shira Banki, a 15-year-old killed by an anti-gay extremist in 2015.
Shira’s parents Uri and Mikai will take part in the ceremony. pic.twitter.com/WepmNim034
— Norman Goldner (@nlygo) June 3, 2021
Happy #Pride2021! Yesterday, our staff participated in the Jerusalem #PrideParade. This month, we celebrate an important message: #YouAreIncluded. Diverse experiences, perspectives, & contributions make our community stronger. Out of many, we are one. pic.twitter.com/mFCTtghuyl
— U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (@usembassyjlm) June 4, 2021
— Oren Ziv (@OrenZiv1985) June 3, 2021