Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance 2015

Thousands gathered for The Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance at Independence Park, under heavy police presence.

Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance

Uniformed officers, police and fire vehicles, double-buses blocking intersections, horses on patrol, even plain clothes security were out too.

Keren Hayesod Street

Keren Hayesod Street was closed for the route of what people are calling the Jerusalem Gay Parade.

Liberty Bell Park for Gay Parade

Liberty Bell Park was the destination of the march.

Gay Parade Jerusalem

Crowds arrived to the park and had to go through one small security gate to enter.

media at gay parade

Leaving plenty of time for interviews with the media, who were out for the event.

What should have been a happy day was marred by tragedy when a man stabbed 6 of the marchers.┬áThe stabber was “an ultra-orthodox Jewish man” who was recently released from jail, where he had been serving time for having stabbed 3 people at the 2005 march.

police check Jewish boy on street

Walking away, I saw the large city buses were still blocking the road. A young man dressed in a white shirt and dark pants, the “uniform” of an orthodox Jew, was stopped by helmeted police. He and his bag were being thoroughly searched.

picnic in park

While across the road in the Bloomfield Park, a group of Arab women and children were having a picnic.

poster on US Consulate for gay parade

The US Consulate posted this large banner for the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance.

The right for all to love and live with dignity, that sounds like a good place to start.

#LoveWins gee I sure hope so.

 

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Real Jstreets

I lived in the United States, Canada and Australia before moving to Israel in the midst of the Second Lebanon War. For the last ten years, walking the streets of Jerusalem, the scenes I saw every day did not resemble the ones familiar in the Western media. Now I try to share those positive images with the world, what is really happening in Jerusalem, Israel, The Real Jerusalem Streets

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